The first time I picked up a wood burning tool I was probably in 5th grade. I remember getting a kit from Walmart and an oval shaped piece of wood. I transferred a scene with an old shed with a fence onto the wood and burned to my hearts content. It had some marks where I laid the tool too long in one spot and some really jagged edges and no real shadows… but I traced those lines. I was proud. I gave that piece to my granddaddy and proceeded to make a few more.
Since then, occasionally I’ll pick the tool up and play a bit. I don’t tend to do wall hangings anymore, but I do love to burn cutting boards for friends and family. Last year I made a razorback one for one of my sisters for Christmas. She’s a huge Arkansas Razorback fan (woooo pig sooie!) and she really enjoyed it. I also made that cutting board for a work friend and as a prize in one of our weight loss competitions. I’ve made them for friends when they marry too! It just turns out to be such a personalized piece and I really enjoy giving them out.
As I mentioned the other day, a work friend is getting married. I made a few dishcloths but wanted to include a cutting board too. I like how it turned out for the most part. I can be super critical of my work – and I honestly think I could have spaced the letters out more and the m is too bunched up… but overall, I know she’ll love it.
To make this, I took a simple bamboo cutting board I bought at Walmart. I took a pencil and drew what I wanted to burn. Then using a small tip on my wood burning I went over the design. Then I went back over it, taking care to thicken the lines on the down stroke of the letters.
I hope they enjoy their gifts and each other for many years to come! I love how it all came together and how the gift looks overall. Handmade gifts are the best!