I began doing wood burning (often called pyrography) in 2006 after retiring from a teaching career. Having done wood carving in earlier years, I find more satisfaction in pyrography because of the distinct tracery in many of my designs. Some designs and all embellishments and shading are inspired by me. But, many of the design outlines came from copyright free Dover Publishing books. Most of the colors are acrylic paints, but a few are from colored pencils or enamel paint. I have constructed many of the frames out of cedar, black walnut or pine. A few of my frames are obtained commercially.