Started to pay attention to surface treatment and finished my first image on the side of a bowl.
Whats new in the store & on the site!Look here for new books, plans, videos and story sticks! In 1967 I rediscovered this technique and began to experiment burning pictures on apple box planks. Other pirographic artists may have different tools, leather and methods, but I have been doing it my way for 45 years. The outlines are done with the sharp point and the shading with the flat surface of the soldering iron.
I always loved drawing and other forms of art, but never received any formal instruction in it.
Without money to fill an empty stomach, I was forced to turn my hobby, art, into a full time job.
I am an ambitious and productive person, working long hours daily, and usually late into the night. My greatest love is African wildlife and landscapes, but I also draw inspiration from a wide spectrum of other topics, such as portraits, character studies, domestic animals, etc.
As a true Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ is steering me through life – with all its joys and sorrows.
Other, more complicated designs are drawn on paper first and then transferred to the leather using black carbon paper. My father was a bore-man and a hunter and our family of eight lived a nomadic lifestyle for many years, travelling from farm to farm and living in a tent.

As a small boy I would often spend whole days alone in the bush playing with small and sometimes even poisonous and dangerous animals that I would find there. My dream back then was to become an architect and after school I studied it, quite successfully, in South Africa.
I spent years studying the nature, behaviour and anatomy of the animals and the landscapes that surrounded me there by observation, drawings and photographs.
Over the years I have become quite well known in Southern Africa I have had successful exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, the USA, Canada, South Africa and, of course, Namibia. I often make small personalised artworks at exhibitions to demonstrate my work and some of my larger works are up to three meters across.
I believe that an artist’s work is a reflection of his deepest inner feelings from his heart and soul.
I've been planning to buy a wood burner and this was one of the ones I was considering and I'm dead set on getting it now. Through over 40 years of dedicated, daily practice I have developed my work to its present form. Some vegetable tanned leather burns easier than others – depending on the tanning process. Then, during my fourth year, the written examinations were unexpectedly changed to an oral exam. Those were difficult time, but with perseverance, discipline and a helping hand from above, there were better days to come. I enjoy the support of a large network of loyal friends and clients from all corners of the word.

By working hard I have been able to support myself (and my family) with my art for over 40 years.
Though many have followed my example over the years, I am proud to say that I founded it in my country. In those days I enjoyed camping in the Namib desert (usually with with a bicycle), fishing and diving for rock lobsters. I like to say that I have been practising for 40 years and still learning something new every day. For the grass and leaf effect I make a square tip and file in grooves with a triangular file. The solution is to sand it down with fine sand paper like 220 grit wood sanding or fine emery cloth. Then you run it across it gently so as not to pend or hurt the tip and just sand it like sharpening a knife. Best wishes, burn on!Grand Stuba: I just began pyrography and I agree about the shade tool.

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