When someone says poetry, the majority of people will immediately think of words on a piece of paper. But poems don’t have to be limited to paper. There are endless possibilities for displaying poetry. It is after all a form of art! As such, over the next few months I intend to use my blog to showcase some of these ideas with you, the first of which is pyrography.
Pyrography, in a nutshell, means ‘writing with fire’. Most commonly this involves the burning of wood, but other receptive surfaces such as cork, leather and paper can be burnt using heated wire to create artwork and lettering.
Recently, I was lucky enough to work with the incredible Cowshed Creations, a small UK based business specialising in bespoke pyrography and handmade wooden gifts and décor.
“Here at Cowshed Creations we use a variety of different wood species, ranging from locally sourced birch, cherry, ash, alder and sycamore -which is all dried, cut, planed and sanded here, to ready prepped basswood imported from America (known as lime in the UK). Having such a varied wood stock means we are able to cater for all sorts of custom requests for example, whole log pieces, large statement artwork on wood slices and bespoke shaped signs.”
“Everything is burnt by hand (no lasers) and so pyrography can be a very time consuming activity, however is incredibly rewarding. We take orders for items which can be completed in as little as thirty minutes, scaling up to large statement artwork which can involve over seventy hours’ worth of time. Every item is different and, when working with wood, incorporating the grain, knots and other markings into a piece results in a unique, artisan feel.”
Cowshed Creations took one of my bespoke wedding poems based on a couples love story and turned it into a series of wooden centrepieces. The idea is that each centrepiece features a section of the love story and provides a name for the table. So here, for example, it would be “The First Date” or “The Proposal”.
I am absolutely over the moon with the final pieces and I think they would make for a beautiful and unique touch in a rustic wedding. To see some other examples of wedding décor offered by Cowshed Creations then take a look at the ‘Weddings’ section of their website.
“We always encourage new and original ideas and love working with couples to bring their ideas to life, so please do not hesitate to get in touch via the ‘contact us’ section on our website.”
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