How to woodburn a Trollface.

Recently I decided to undertake an ambitious woodburning project to create a smoky rendering of the famed Trollface. Here’s how I did it.

I began by stealing acquiring a piece of scrap wood measuring 8.5 inches by 4.5 inches. At first I thought I could sketch the Trollface directly on the wood but found it trickier than I thought.

Later I came up with a better idea. I downloaded a copy of the image and then used an image viewer to resize it so it’s small enough to place the printout on the wood. Setting the length to 4.5 inches made it too large so I ended up setting it to 4 inches and made sure to maintain the aspect ratio to print the resized image.

Then I used some scissors and clipped the image for taping to the wood.  Afterwards I grabbed my ballpoint pen and pressed down on the paper as I embarked on the essential task of tracing the printed likeness of this mischievous character..


Removing the paper revealed the barely visible impressions on the wood from the tracing. Carbon paper would have come in handy right about now. I’m thinking I should have pressed the pen down harder but at least the impressions were visible enough to mark them with a pencil.


Next I plugged in my woodburner and started the burning process, starting with the outlines first.


After that was done, all I needed to do was fill in the outlines where needed.


And it’s done. Are you jelly?


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