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4/8/21 - Guild Meeting - It's Burnt and Beautiful!

BE  | Published on 3/4/2021
It's Burnt and Beautiful! - with Lars Nyland
  • Thursday April 8th
  • Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM


In this month’s demonstration our own Lars Nyland will introduce his techniques and methods for Yakisugi. He will discuss and demonstrate how he transforms his woodturnings into art using fire and pyrography for a spectacular look!

Quote “Over the past 10 years, I have been using fire to finish my woodturnings.  Like jumping into a cold lake, it is difficult to take a piece that is ready for sanding and apply fire to it, you just have to dive in head first.” 

Lars Black Top Vase

For the burning, Lars uses both an open flame, typically a propane torch, and a super-charged wood-burner made from an old battery charger.  He uses the torch to char entire pieces, while using the wood-burner to more locally sculpt and shape accents, followed by brushing to remove the charred wood and ash and add to the texture. 

In this demonstration, he will talk about the best woods to burn and grain planning, then he'll turn a small hollow form, texturing it by charring the body, and sculpting the rim.  Lars will conclude with finishing techniques for burned pieces, showing how oil, dye, wax and paint can enhance the burned texture.

We hope you will join us Thursday evening April 8th for this informative demonstration of this unique technique.

About our Demonstrator:


Lars Nyland: Lars Nyland has been a woodturner for more than 25 years, and has been a member of WGNC for almost as long. His lathe of choice is the Stubby 750 which he bought in 2001 and is still discovering new ways to use it. His work leans toward the exploratory and unconventional end of things. For his day job, he designs the fastest computers in the world.

To connect to this Zoom session on 4/08/21 click the button:  Zoom Connection