Creativity ignites at the Turn of the Century.
Hobbyists and folk artists have been using heat to burn designs into wood for centuries. Burnt wood, etched wood or poker work all refer to the art of pyrography. Pyrography is the art of using a heated object such as a poker to decorated wood with burn marks.
The Victorians really took to the craft, decorating boxes, hand mirrors, trays, furniture, etc. Small kits were sold to the turn of the century hobbyists. Some went on to color their designs; others left the burn marks to create shadows and texture.
Once you know what you are looking for, examples of poker work can be fairly easy to find. We’ve discovery good pieces in England and we’ve also found pieces right here in Springfield Missouri.
Do you have a piece of poker work?