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Lord of the Rings-themed "wood burnings"

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Jul 20 2012, 6:34pm

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Lord of the Rings-themed "wood burnings" Can't Post

Brandon Jones is a pyrographer. He creates what he calls "wood burnings". One of his latest works is a quite lovely rendition of Middle-earth's Rivendell (see right).

TORn chatted with Brandon to find out just how he does it.

"I make an outline on the wood with the use of carbon paper and/or just plain pencil," he says. "I use a sharp tip usually to burn the outline. Then I use the shading tips (the wider ones with rounded edges) to do the rest."

He usually uses basswood -- a deciduous tree that provides a soft and easily worked timber. Brandon says the wood choice depends on the picture he's burning.

"For a tall picture that's not that wide, I use a basswood plank (that's the wood with the bark on the two sides)."

He says he often bases his creations on something he's seen, although he makes his own designs as well.

Simpler pieces -- like this panda bear -- take as little as little as two hours. Larger, more complex pieces -- see this Avengers piece -- might take 25 or 30 hours to complete.

He says he started learning how to make wood burnings after watching his mother do it.

"My mom used to do wood burning and it looked interesting. So I tried it out and found out I was actually good at it. My mom quit doing it after I started though because she thought I was a lot better."

The Rivendell piece isn't his first one of Middle-earth. He's also created one of Minas Tirith -- the city of Gondor.

"[The Rivendell piece] was a custom order from a person who saw my earlier LOTR wood burning and was interested in getting one made for him. It's actually for a surprise present for his girlfriend. Her favorite series is LOTR. She has a small collection of first editions that he thought there was a perfect spot for something just like this."

You can follow Brandon's work on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/BrandonWoodBurning.

Click through for a gallery of Brandon's LoTR pieces,
including a work-in-progress sequence of the Rivendell piece

(This post was edited by entmaiden on Jul 29 2012, 4:26pm)


Jul 21 2012, 9:40am

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These are impressive! [In reply to] Can't Post

It boogles the mind how people can be so creative, unique and talented. I've never seen anything like this before Laugh.


Jul 21 2012, 10:55am

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What an incredible piece of work! Furthermore, another item for us fanatics to add to our homes (or should I call them Middle-Earth Shrines?)

"A Wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early: he arrives precisely when he means to!"-Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring.


Jul 23 2012, 8:53pm

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Beautiful, but it could be better. [In reply to] Can't Post

You can't really archieve a wide variety of shades with burning, but when you use carving you can catch the shadows for superb depth effect and adding burning techniques to that adds to the detail and depth.

I just happened to find a pic of one wood carving 'painting' that has a suprising resemblance to a part in Hobbit. Wink (following art not my work)

Pessimists have no disappointments.

(This post was edited by Tigero on Jul 23 2012, 8:54pm)

The Shire

Jul 24 2012, 8:17pm

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Nice! It is great job! [In reply to] Can't Post

Nice! It is great job! Yoy are talant artist!

Grey Havens

Jul 27 2012, 6:09pm

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Talented people surround me.... now if only some of it would rub off.

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