| Choosing a pyro system |
| Mon Jun 18 2012, 12:42PM|
| Dee Church|
Registered Member #5298
Joined: Mon Jun 18 2012, 11:11AM
|My folks bought a cheap wood burning pen for me when I was just a young lad. It fascinated me for a short time but I did not excel or persist. 50 years later I am now a serious designer and fabricator of various woodworking creations. I'm going to invest in a pyro system that will allow me to do mostly calligraphy markings on projects. These marks will include gram weights of custom drum sticks and mallets, frequency / pitch of melodic wooden percussion instruments, graphic details on my custom "half-track" cribbage board designs, and artist signatures. I'll be practicing writing in various fonts and sizes, the smallest being about 1/4" in height.|
I am a little overwhelmed with the available hardware choices so I thought I'd ask the readers on this forum what they might recommend for this application. I know my needs go way beyond the single temp / tip pencil type burner. I expect to pay maybe $200 for what I need to get started and I presume I'll be needing a few tip styles and sizes to adequately explore my potential at pyro calligraphy. Any words of wisdom for a guy like me? I know that most anything will be an improvement over my Weller variable temp soldering station I've been using!
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| Tue Jun 19 2012, 07:14PM|
|Registered Member #5151|
Joined: Fri May 18 2012, 06:49AM
|read the post in "Nerbie here" on the forum. i dont know how my reply to you went into that post...but it did. in it i talk about the Burnmaster Eagle system.|
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| Tue Jun 19 2012, 09:56PM|
|Registered Member #252|
Joined: Thu Feb 27 2003, 02:00PM
|Hi DeeC...Welcome to the group. Any top name burning machine will work for you. I own an Optima dual burner. I've had it 9 years now and haven't had a problem with it. You can check it out here: http://www.carvertools.com/|
You get two pens with it and I think they allow you to pick, but not sure.
Once on the page click on: Optima 1 Pen Styles...there you will see the different pen styles. I highly recommend a heavy duty pen. For the type of work you are wanting to do I'd recommend the #19S Ball point tip, this is good for signatures and so is #9 the writing tip. Both tips glide across the wood...they don't cut into the wood. They also have a small Chisel or Calligraphy Writing Pen.
Basically looks like a small 1/8" chisel tip. Could be used for purposes other than calligraphy. Available in smaller sizes/widths upon request.
I hope this helps you out. Take care...Danette
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