Definitely not my favorite.
But a Royal. Stinking. Pain.
This is last on the list because its a sappy, smokey wood with a rough grain that fights you every step of the way.
you burn over a light part of the wood, it's soft and nice to work
with. Hit a dark patch or a knot and its suddenly hard and doesn't burn
easily - but only for that tiny little brown patch. And if you hit sap,
you really have to crank the heat (oh, and clean your tools because sap gums them up quickly).
takes me about 3 times longer to burn art on pine than the other woods
just because of it's grain and super sappiness AND I had to burn at a
6-7 level because of that grain, even though it's considered a soft
If it's so lame to work with, why on earth is it such a popular wood for pyrography??
It's cheap and easy to come by.
At least, that's why I used it so much starting out.
I didn't want to practice on an expensive piece of wood and risk
In the end, that worked to my advantage. It gave me
patience. I know how to burn tough woods. And the nicer woods are soooo
much more satisfying to work with since I KNOW the difference!
Let's just say, once spoiled I never looked back.