What is Pyrography? Full Definition
Pyrography is the art of burning.
If you search for the technical definition, you'll read that it means "writing with fire"... although for the life of me I can't find the original author of that.
If you take the word apart…
"Pyro" is an offshoot of the Greek word “pyre” which means "fire".
"Graphy" is also Greek based. Some say it stems from "graphos", which translates to "writing".
If you research the term "graphy" all by itself, it has 4 meanings...
THAT makes a lot more sense to me.
can certainly be included in art just as drawing can. Science has a
great deal to do with art too.
To me, art is the culminating
Even the professionals from Oxford Dictionary give "graphy" 3 distinct meanings - in THIS order:
- descriptive science
- technique of producing images (dare we say art?)
- a style or method of writing or drawing (...again, art?)
Even when you read Wikipedia's examples of "-graphy" words, you'll see that a truckload of definitions start with the words "art of [fill in the blank]".
In my humble opinion, the stiff and limited translation of "writing" doesn't fit here.
So what is pyrography?
Just like photography (photo-graphy) is the art of taking photos, pyrography (pyro-graphy) is the art of burning or fire.
Photo + Graphy = Photo Art
Pyro + Graphy = Fire Art
Doesn't that make more sense?