There is right and wrong wood - and it has to do with safety but also what you are trying to achieve with your pyrography.
There is right and wrong wood - and it has to do with safety but also what you are trying to achieve with your pyrography. Woodburning Pyrography isn't just for wood but the material still matters nonetheless. Some material is toxic when burned and can cause serious damage. I am going to share some woods I see commonly used - woods I have used but also some things you need to keep in mind!
What can you burn on?
Here's the thing some of the woods I mentioned above are definitely great to work with but some of them need some extra precautions!
One thing to keep in mind is the fine wood dust when you are sanding - I will talk about this more in my next post - but in some cases, the resin can emit harmful fumes when burning. Which can lead to some health complications down the road like asthma or increase the risk of more serious illnesses, such as nasal cancer. Some wood has mold which can also trigger allergic reactions.
Some woods that I mentioned and are listed as toxic (ash, beech, birch, and maple) are because of fungal contamination rather than the wood chemistry itself.
However, woods such as cedar or pine contain resins that emit toxic odors when burned and may cause serious respiratory problems when inhaled. If you really want to use some of these woods, be safe about it and maybe do it outside, wear a mask and gloves.
Wood Toxicity - check out this link
But there are some materials that should NEVER be used for pyrography
It needs to be said because people will dare fate, but don't burn on
And then there are some materials that can be really fun and interesting!
And the wrap this up the only thing I can say is that if you are unsure of the safety, do some research and don't rely on other people.
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