38 Russian Burn Out Art

Russian Burn Out Art

Posted on November 26, 2007 by

A burn-out art from Russia 1

Look at this device on the picture above. I wonder if there is a suitable name for it in English in Russia they called it “a burner out machine”. It was used to make drawings on the plywood, by plugging it into electricity outlet and making the needle at the end of this handle red-hot. In every Soviet and later in Russian school all the junior students got the skills of using this thing at their Applied Arts lessons.

But it seems that this artist got too much of these Applied Arts in the Soviet Union and for sure he had all A’s for this subject. Just look below what pictures he has drawn with the help of this freaky Soviet machine and a few pieces of plywood.

A burn-out art from Russia 2

A burn-out art from Russia 3

A burn-out art from Russia 4

A burn-out art from Russia 5

A burn-out art from Russia 6

A burn-out art from Russia 7

A burn-out art from Russia 8

A burn-out art from Russia 9

A burn-out art from Russia 10

A burn-out art from Russia 11


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38 Responses to “Russian Burn Out Art”

  1. John from Kansas says:

    Some very nice artwork here. The portrait in photo 16 is outstanding. Thanks for the post. In the U.S. the technique is called wood burning. A wood burning tool is very similar to a soldering iron with an assortment of tips.

  2. Mister Twister, former minister says:

    The Vladimir Vyssotsky is excellent.
    In the USA the name for this is very simple.

    That’s what it does, that’s what it’s called…a woodburning set or woodburning iron. It’s not very different from a soldering iron actually. You can use some larger soldering irons for the very same purpose.

    Everyone says that Vyssotsky is like the “Russian Bob Dylan” but I think he goes beyond that a little, because his words and music appealed to a wider span of age groups than Dylan did in the beginning.

  3. Mike says:

    Taking it a step further, the process is called “pyrogravure” in English, and can also be done on leather and other materials. Before electric tools were developed, the needle was heated over a flame.

    I agree: the portrait of Vysotsky is outstanding!

  4. Richard S. says:

    Good works of art…

    Here is another good work of art I seen in the Metpo…


  5. maxD says:

    I like the torso’s the most. The woodburning technique combined with the shaped boards actually adds an extra dimension to the picture, which IMO is lacking in the portraits, which are very skillfully done, but nothing more.

  6. jellicoe says:

    WE call it a Wood Poker in New Zealand…or just a Poker Machine

  7. Texas1 says:

    There is a burner tool in Photoshop.

  8. Heater Dealer says:

    I am here madam to do something about your ancient problem,but i have heavy duty burning tool of 6000 watts of heater! ! ! ! ! ! !.think again.i hope `one` session will satisfy your sexual desires.

  9. Expectations killer says:

    Dude,what you expect for?

  10. Dixieland says:


  11. Fukiku says:

    whee.. I had one of these.. just fired it up again a few years ago to burn a little birthday present for someone .. :P

  12. Akhenathon says:

    I had one of these tools here in Brazil. It was called “pirgrafo”. All I did with that was some holes in wood pieces…

    Very good art works. Congratulations.

  13. Rastaputin says:

    We call it “pyrogravure” in France: “pyros” is ancient greek for fire and “gravure” is French for “Engraving”.

  14. chicken says:

    I love the necklaces with womens faces on here, I wouldnt mind some of these myself-where do I get them?

  15. Pacific NW says:

    I had one when I was a kid, it came with some wood panels with pre-drawn pictures on them of such thing as ducks and a horse. I remember doing the duck picture, and then I remember doing psuedo-human experimentation on my sisters barbie dolls, melting out their eyes. The guy who did the work above is a true artist.

  16. Gassious Clay says:

    I smell eggs.

  17. John from Kansas says:

    Only God knows what would happen then.

  18. Aaron of Minneapolis says:

    I’d say that was a fairly talented artist!

  19. NIcolas says:

    Yeah, I remember doing wood-burning in Jr. high.

  20. psyonic warrior says:

    I like that last portrate

    dude looks like a bad ass culture hero

    is it Bob Marley?

  21. Andrey says:

    It’s perfect!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Those are some excellent pieces of art. That man is very talented.

  23. O tabajara says:

    “Pirografo” in portuguese, “pirografia” is the name of the art.

  24. coalbanks says:

    wood-burner, wood- burning kit, descended from poker-work, poker-art, no doubt the fetishists have other names & meanings! Enjoy!

  25. fever says:

    Also Known As an “Electric Pencil”. When pared with special sticky paper, it was used in libraries to number books on their spines.

  26. Lynx says:

    D-dude. One of the portraits remind me a lot of Victor Jara, the Chilean communist singer (murdered in 1973). Is there a possibility it’s really him?

  27. Sawo says:

    Here in Finland we call it KOLVI

  28. Az says:

    In Bulgaria we call it Pirograf… One of my favorite tools! Excelent tool.

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  31. the soldering iron that i use is employing a ceramic heating element;*”

  32. the best soldering iron are those using non-filament heaters, the tip should be made of steel alloy too-**

  33. Luigi Fulk says:

    Hey there, thanks for all this info… been looking for this for some time now, thanks alot

  34. John from Kansas says:


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