E-Museum of Pyrographic Art

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to the Salon of

Harriet Keith Fobes

Featuring her April 1895 article


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by Harriet Keith Fobes

THE DELINEATOR Magazine, April 1895 issue, pp. 561–563.
Butterick Publishing Co., London & New York.

In this second of eleven monthly articles on burnt work, American artist Harriet Keith Fobes mentions the centuries old method for poker work, named because of the type of tools used, and then goes on to describe in their "natural order" the four then modern ones. The first two she notes are actually modified adaptations of the third, which was the early adaptation of the Dr. Paquelin cautery tool (a very large tool thought to have been invented separately in both Germany and France in about 1888). However, she leaves any details about the use of that early large version (see the second image in the E-Museum's Antique Hall) for a later time. The fourth—the electric tool—Fobes does not go into in detail, as it was mostly unknown and in little use at that time, because electricity was still in its infancy.

In this second article, as promised at the end of the first, Fobes introduces the popular tool that had been designed for pyrography, which is the one in the illustration. In the remainder of the article, she describes the tool's parts for her readers and offers them, step by step, some basic strokes and a simple project on leather to learn on.

For more about some of these antique pyrography tools, see the E-Museum's Tools and Techniques Hall and for more antique articles by various authors, see the E-Museum's Library Exhibit.

If you have either any questions to ask or any information to offer regarding works or articles by Harriet Keith Fobes, please e-mail the E-Museum Curator.

You are leaving
the Harriet Keith Fobes Salon
of her April 1895 article in The Delineator Magazine

You can return to the

Antique Hall,
the Harriet Keith Fobes Salon,

or continue reading previous or subsequent articles in her Delineator series:

the March 1895 article,
the May 1895 article,
the June 1895 article,
the July 1895 article,
the August 1895 article,
the September 1895 article,
the October 1895 article,
the November 1895 article,
the December 1895 article,
and the January 1896 article,

the E-Museum Library Exhibit,

or visit one of the following:

Pyrographic Art Exhibit Halls:

Portraits and Paintings

Decorative and Applied Art


Traditional and Folk Art

Children's Pyrographic Art

Special Pyrographic Art

The Book Store and E-Museum Library

Pyrography Tools and Techniques

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19 May 2011. Last updated 4th of July 2011.