Creating a wood-burning sampler is a great resource to help you familiarize yourself with the individual tips and what their purpose is and how they can help you with your pyrographic projects.

In this tutorial, I am using a piece of clear pine craft wood that I had available. The key here is that it’s a flat surface and either a rectangle or a square that you can use to create your own sampler.

To get started, I created a grid on the piece of wood. I think this one worked out perfectly because it gives me space to use different techniques but also has small enough space to write in what tip is for what row. This will be helpful when you want to familiarize yourself with your wood-burning tips. This is a great resource for when you are just starting out with pyrography.

Here you can see how I labeled each row and then created similar patterns and lines to see what each tip can or cannot do and how they are different from one another. Some of the tips like the Pien Bent, Bob Gauge, and Tip-S Shader have extra patterns because they are a bit more versatile.

Depending on how many tips you have for your wood-burning tool, you may need to make the squares smaller, although I found one-inch squares to be ideal when creating a wood-burning sampler. You can also use the other side as well if you run out of space.

Another thing you could do with the blank side is to create a sampler of different values of shading such as indicating what it looks like on the lowest setting and then going up a notch with each row.

You will also probably discover which wood-burning tip is your favorite along the way. I primarily use the Tip-S Shader for 95% of my pyrography art.