Russian Burn Out Art

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.

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38 thoughts on “Russian Burn Out Art”

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.


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

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

  12. 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?

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