Tongues of Flame

Tongues of Flame: custom pyrography & magic to discriminating musicians & magicians. Tattoo & Hoodoo for that Voudou that you do.

Sunday, September 24, 2006


This piece came with clear parameters. The artwork is a straight-forward reproduction from a tombstone. This was a memorial for a man who devoted his life to working with kids through his love of nature. The slab of red oak was donated by the individual commissioning the work.

I love the way red oak blushes under the hot stylus, and I was particularly pleased with the effect of the design on the wood. The minute detail of the engraving, along with the "floating mountain" motif, gives the finished work the look of Japanese dry-point engraving.

As with the cedar bough used for "Death of A Man Who Loved Mountains (below), the "rough", unfinished edges and roughly planed surface seemed appropriate to a work comissioned in grief, which is, after all, simply ragged love.

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