Pyrography Survey

Hello,

My name is Nicole and I am an Industrial Design student from San Jose State University. I am currently working on a product redesign project for pyrography, specifically for the tool (i.e. solid-point burner). At this time I am conducting general research and collecting firsthand interviews with people (of any skill level) who have done pyrography.

I have copied and pasted my questionnaire to craft forum, and I would greatly appreciate any contribution.

Sincerely,
Nicole



San Jose State University – Industrial Design – Visualization III: Ergonomics/Human Factors

Name:
Occupation:
Experience Level in Pyrography: (Please choose one, beginner, advanced, or professional)

1.      How did you become interested in pyrography?
2.      Do you do pyrography recreationally or professionally?
3.      How do you choose your pyrography projects?
4.      If professionally, how many hours do you work a day?
(You may skip this question if it does not apply)
5.      How much time do you spend working on a project?  About how many hours a day?
6.      Where do you do your pyrography? Please be specific.
(For example, if at home, where in your home?)
7.      What does your work area consist of?
(For example, what kind of table and chair do you use? What kind of lighting?)
8.      What are your essential tools ready at your work area?
9.      Are there any DIY tools you have made? If so, what are they and what are they used for?
10.  Do you have any specific safety equipment? What kind of safety precautions do you practice?
11. What is your process of cleaning up? What do you use?
12. Do you have any injuries that affect you while working? If so, please describe.
13. What kind of tool do you use? (Please name the brand and model)
14. Do you have any specific complaints about the tool you are using?
15. If you could create a wishlist to make the perfect tool what would they be?

Thank you for taking time out to participate in my survey. I truly value the information you have provided. Your responses are vital in helping me with my research for redesigning pyrography tools.

iburrow3 years ago
Name: Ian
Occupation: Luthier / Music Teacher / Sculptor / Joiner
Experience Level in Pyrography: advanced (that does sound a little pompous, though I've adopted a few interesting techniques to get the desired effect).
1. How did you become interested in pyrography? Christmas Present as a Kid, then over the years realised how useful it is.
2. Do you do pyrography recreationally or professionally? recreationally mainly, some professional commissions require a bit now and then.
3. How do you choose your pyrography projects? I generally sketch or trace out an image and see if pyrography would be the best option.
4. If professionally, how many hours do you work a day? dependant on project, but after almost an hour my pyrograph can get too hot and is uncomfortable to hold.
5. How much time do you spend working on a project? About how many hours a day? best to work 20 min, do something else for 5 mins (while it cools again), then back to it for 20 mins again and again ...honestly it is fun
6. Where do you do your pyrography? In my workshop sat on a stool at a desk usually, occasionally in the house. It's very portable so I use it wherever I can sit comfortably.
7. What does your work area consist of? In the workshop there are lots of clamps, vices, hand tools, power tools and work surfaces for different crafts. The pyrograph is usually set up by the jewellery/electronics/dremellish area, which is a high fold down desk (an effectively butchered 1950s writing bureau). Low angle lighting to prevent glare and the stool keeps on changing (I've yet to make the ideal knee stool!)
8. What are your essential tools ready at your work area? Pencil, Rubber, Tracing Paper, Carbon Paper, Knife/Blade, Dremel, Micromesh, Fine Wire Wool, bottle of water & cotton cloth, if reqired: oxalic acid to roll back the years or potassium permanganate for instant age.
9. Are there any DIY tools you have made? If so, what are they and what are they used for? I try and stick to making the best use of one or two tools though I have a problem in that I love collecting old odd hand tools. Quite a few 'tools' were at hand at the right time and promptly repurposed, in time they found their place in the workshop.
Jigs seem to be the one constant DIY addition to the collection, though i do try to make the most of what I've already got.
10. Do you have any specific safety equipment? What kind of safety precautions do you practice? I have a first aid box. I work at a completely different pace when on my own as opposed to when running workshops or teaching, so I would say I am sensible but not truly textbook when in my own private workspace as I take calculated risks and have a high pain threshold!
11. What is your process of cleaning up? What do you use? Try to concentrate the projection of mess, lightly clean up as you go along and blitz it before you leave the workshop. [Tidy space is productive] Dustpan&Brush, Carpet Sweeper (this is the best ancient bit of kit I regularly use), Vacuum Cleaner.
12. Do you have any injuries that affect you while working? If so, please describe.
13. What kind of tool do you use? Antex Craft 'Fire Writer', though the one I puchased wasn't called 'Fire Writer' back then, it has a shark on it ?!? ..it's out in the workshop and this is a very long questionnaire!
14. Do you have any specific complaints about the tool you are using? just that it gets too hot and uncomfortable to hold after prolonged use, even with the foam grip sleeve, the cable's a bit stiff/heavy too but not a real problem.
15. If you could create a wishlist to make the perfect tool what would they be? As adaptable (interchacngable tips/splitter) as the antex fire writer, but a pyrograph with a tiny vaccuum nozzle a few mm back from the tip, drawing fumes away from under ones nose. For this to work the pyrograph would be best suspended like the foredom flexi shaft rotary tools. Also a heat sink grip sleeve and have the heat adjuster on the pen itself.

Hope this has been helpful.
All the very best
Ian
Bransdp4 years ago
Nicole, I do some wood burning, I got ( for Chrstmas) a Calwood "detailer"model control unit, w/ five burner pens recommended by Lora Irish in her book " Great book of woodburning. Deb Pompano has a super book called "Woodburning Project & Pattern Treasury.
Your survey Q's
1. I'm a passionate crafter, picked up one of the above books @ our library, and decided to try woodburning.
2. Purely recreational
3. whatever strikes my fancy.
4. ----
5. It depends on the the level of intricacy of the pattern I'm burning. 3 to 6 hrs is typical.
6. In my basement wood shop.
7. I have 30" high workbench I sit on a Dr's stool, have overhead fluorescent lights.
8. see my opening comment.
9. aSanding block w/ 180 grit paper.
10. I have a computer pancake type fan to exhaust the smoke.
11. sandpaper.
12. None
13. ---
14. There seems to be a small dead spot in the heat control rheostat. I work around the tho.
15. No ideas here.