52 Projects is an adventure in discovery. Every week, for 52 weeks, do something. Something you’ve never done before. Something you’ve always wanted to do. Something that scares you. Something that inspires you. Something that inspires others. Something that tickles your fancy. Something that caught your eye. Something that just popped into your head. It can be big. It can be small. It can be whatever you want it to be. Find out how doing something can lead you to discover things about yourself, your world, your God. Then, come here on Sundays and share it with others. I'll write about mine here, you write about yours on your blog, then use the tool in my post to link to your something. Please feel free to jump in and participate anytime throughout the year!


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Week 21: Wood burning

If you've been following along on Breen's blog, you know that my husband loves to play with his wood. So I got very excited the other week when I came across a pristine, unopened wood burning kit at a local thrift store for just one dollar! The kit claims to be age appropriate for children 13 and up. Frankly, the manufacturer may as well have put a magnifying glass in the kit in lieu of the wood burning tool with instructions to sit out in the sun for a few hours in order to make any marks. I thought Breen might get a kick using the kit for a project but I ended up stealing it. The kit came with several pieces of soft, flimsy balsa wood. If I actually wanted to insult my creative genius and use such inferior material, I probably could have burned my design in no time at all. Of course, I chose a strong, hard piece of tree branch to play with. I'm sure Breen was proud of my choice.

I made a simple design on a slice of my wood using a permanent marker.

I turned on the wood burning device, which by the way looks just like a soldering iron from my projects a few weeks back, and started to leave my mark. It took a long time because of the hardness of my wood but it did eventually start to do something.

Most likely I'll pick this slice of wood up from time to time and keep working in to it for the maximum wood burning effect. This project brought back a fond memory of wood working. When I was a teenager, my dad and his brother rented cabins in North Carolina and the families would go for a week to vacation. My dad, my uncle and I used to go hiking in the mountains near the cabin and my uncle was, and still is, an avid wood worker. We all chose big solid branches to bring back and transform in to hiking sticks. One year I sat out on the front porch of our cabin with my uncle and we sat for hours while he taught me the art of whittling. I had a gorgeous walking stick by the end of that trip. Recently my aunt and uncle celebrated 50 years of marriage. He has always wanted me to make him "a Jane original" and send it to him. I'm hoping to find a solid branch, whittle it and burn a nice message in to it. I know it would be a nice addition to his wood collection and I'm sure he would smile just knowing that I remembered that time spent on the front porch of a cabin in North Carolina so long ago.

What did you do this week?


  1. I bought a similar kit about 2 years ago - maybe I will go dusted off and do something as beautiful as yours :) Is it me or I don't see the link to 52 projects?

  2. I will have to get wood for you so you can do more things with it. As you note I do like working with wood and am glad you are enjoying it too. With you on board I'll get the green light to buy more tools!

    PS. I'll post my link when Mr. Linky gets back to work. What is up with that guy?


  3. What a wonderful idea for your Uncle, Jane. An interesting project!

    Glad Mr. Linky is better now!

  4. Except for a few reflexive winces because the pictures made me think about my recent tattoo experience, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your project, as usual. And how cool was it to pick up the kit for a buck? I guess the "kids these days" aren't so interested in non-electronic gadgets. Good luck with your beautiful idea for the "Jane original."

  5. oooohhhh...flashing back to childhood...we did wood burned christmas ornaments one year! Cool project!

  6. cute! love all your projects!