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Book Review: The Wood Burn Book by Rachel Strauss

     Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well. I know I’ve said book reviews would be moving to my new book blog Rambles by the Puddleside but this is a craft book so it feels right putting the review here on Puddleside Musings considering this blog is all about crafting and I think this could be of interest to some of you.

     I received an advance reader copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and here it is:

49089621. sx318      They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but I can’t deny that I was drawn to this book by it’s cover which is beautiful. I think that’s what stands out to me most about this book – not to say that the contents aren’t good, it’s just that the photography is definitely what’ll persuade some people to part with cash for this book if they find themselves flicking through it in a shop. I would anyway. I found the writing about pyrography informative but I absolutely loved looking through the second part of the book which is dedicated to showing different pyrography projects. It’s great having a good guide to a craft but for me, I also want a book that’ll inspire me to do that craft and this book does that. Even if you’ve tried wood burning before and don’t need the guide section, I imagine you could still get a lot of use out of this book as an inspiration/reference book.

     I’m highlighting the art of the book as it’s major selling point but I don’t want to downplay the guide section of the book which is also great. I’m someone who loves the look of pyrography, bought a DIY kit years back because of an interest in the medium but ultimately never gave it a go because I felt somewhat intimidated by the craft, by the skills I imagined you needed and the safety aspect of it. This book does a wonderful job of demystifying it all in clear, easy to read language. It’s laid out nicely and the steps of a project are always given. It might seem repetitive after a while but it does help the information sink in. Also, this means that you can open the book to any project and have all the steps you need listed there, instead of having  to flip pages back and forth

     I do think this is a fantastic book to gift someone (or just yourself) interested in crafts. It seems like a great book for absolute beginners. If you like the look of the cover, you’ll love the various projects shown throughout the book but I imagine that particular style isn’t for everyone. If you’re not keen on the floral line art style used, you’ll still get use out of the book for it’s step by step guides but it won’t be as worthwhile in the long term as a book for inspiration. If the art style is to your liking though, I would definitely recommend giving this book a spot on your shelves. I’m still conscious of trying the craft safely but after reading this book I’m a lot more excited about giving it a go.

     If this book has sounded good to you, it’s not out yet but I believe it’s coming out soon, August 18th. As I mentioned in my review, I’ve not tried wood burning yet but I am excited to give it a go so I’m sure you’ll get to see my attempts on the blog soon enough. Have you ever tried pyrography? If yes, how did you like it and if no, is it a craft you’d consider trying?

7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Wood Burn Book by Rachel Strauss

    1. Glad you enjoyed the review! It really was a lovely book – definitely got me inspired! I’ve still not had a chance to do any wood burning though annoying – a lot of house works going on so my craft room keeps getting filled with stuff while other rooms are being painted.

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  1. I think it is a beautiful art, thank you for sharing this. Right now though I’m in the middle of a crochet basket but ran out of the yarn and trying to find more is difficult 🤣

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    1. Oh no! I hate when that happens! And it happens a lot – I am always grossly underestimating or overestimating the yarn I need for a project. Have you managed to get more of the yarn you need?

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    2. I couldn’t get the exact (it is discontinued 😆) but got pretty close and I’ve added it in, it actually looks fine, can’t tell 👌 Yeah me too about underestimating and overestimating 🤨

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