When I was younger, I was artistic but I haven’t done anything ‘creative’ for years. Recently my wife said I should take up hobby so I tried wood burning. I find that I am really enjoying it. I hadn’t really intended to.
When I start, I look for the picture in the wood. I didn’t know that at first but each piece is alive. Once I start varnishing it, certain knots and lines are predominant. I made one of two humming birds and it looked like they were at the flower since the grain of the wood itself came out as a flower. Nature takes the power over the picture.
I’m experimenting with different things right now. I’m making some signs using maple and have been getting some bamboo from China and that works good, too. I have a really strong respect for moose now. I was trying to grind moose antlers down and went through 13 grinding wheels.