E-Museum of Pyrographic Art

Traditional and Folk Art Hall


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Grouping of three
little wood boxes
Made in China

Artist(s) unknown
Pyrography and color

Grouping of pyroengraved objects
from various countries
Artists unknown

Wooden machete with pyrography, from Honduras, Central America

Two birds, pyroengraved and stained with color, from the Caribbean

Ladles, pyroincised, from West Africa


Artist unknown

Set of five Russian nesting dolls

Pyrography with color

Read about the history of the Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) from the village of Polkholvsky Maidan. The nesting dolls shown, which are both pyroengraved and colored are much less frequently seen and are not typical of the brightly colored nesting dolls from Polkholvsky Maidan and from Semionovo that were painted but not woodburned.

See an example of some Russian pyrography from the early part of this century done on wooden toys, including an earlier version of the matryoshka, and other household objects in the Antique Hall here in the E-Museum.

The picture above is thanks to Michle Terletsky, St. Petersburg, Russia

Gourd from Peru,
South America,
Artist unknown

Decoration includes incising,
pyrography including a
technique of charring

Two little wood boxes
Made in China

Artist(s) unknown
Pyrography and color

West African gourd
Artist(s) unknown

Inside view of large gourd
plus pyroincised ladle

West African gourds
Artists unknown

Bowl and Ladles
Outside view

Large gourd also shows
pyrographic technique of charring

Cutting board
from Guatemala
Artist unknown

Pyrography texture decorating
one side
to hang on wall

Grouping of three items:
Artist(s) unknown

L. to R.: Zambian finger harp
Extremely rustic, as an instrument and as a pyroengraving. The geometric pyroengraving is directly underneath the metal prongs.

Cutting board or trivet, probably American
Somewhat deeply pyroengraved design may be stamped on.

Russian church with pyroengraved stamped patterns decorating the roof and sides and "onion-domed" steeple.
Pyrography and color

Round covered box with lid
Probably from Poland
Artist unknown

Pyroengraved woodturned box
with brass inlay
and color enhancement

Decorative Tray

Origin unknown, probably American

Finely detailed, shaded, textured pyroengraved stamped image

To Timbuktu in Search of Pyrography is a fully illustrated article (published in the Woodcarvers Online Magazine, linked here) featuring pyrographic work on both wood and gourds as a traditional art form found on the southern side of the Sahara in the West African country of Mali.

You are leaving the
International Folk Art Salon.

You can return to the

Traditional and Folk Art Hall

or visit one of the following:

Pyrographic Art Exhibit Halls:

Portraits and Paintings

Decorative and Applied Art


Special Pyrographic Art

Antique Pyrography

Children's Pyrographic Art

Special Pyrographic Art

The Book Store and E-Museum Library

Pyrography Tools and Techniques

Your questions and comments are welcome and appreciated.
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all rights reserved. Last updated 14 February 2010.