This tutorial will give you a nice compilation of techniques and tricks for wood burning in any level of detail. As someone who loves drawing, I was fascinated by how easily I could transfer those skills into wood and finally make 3D art. Since now I have some experience in the subject, it's time to teach whatever I can!
This instructable was made for the Burn It! contest, since it will talk about burning 100% of the time. Let's get started!
Tools for wood burning can come in many prices and control levels.
My first one was very cheap (US$10 at Walmart) and did a good job. It comes with five different tips and I still like to use it for background filling. I would recommend this one if you want to have the feel for it, and find out whether you like the burning art. However, as you start burning for hours and hours, this little guy will literally start slow-cooking your fingers. You also hold the burner far away from the tip, so you lose some precision.
It all led me to buy a professional Colwood burner. Having the heat regulation option was really handy when it came to burning different types of wood (we will talk about that) and doing some careful shading. Instead of changing the tips, you switch the whole "pen" for new effects; the big advantage here is not having to wait until the tip has cooled down to switch it.
Just so nobody can say I am praising Colwood, I must say their costumer service is terrible. It was impossible to order another pen from Brazil when mine broke, they simply would not answer.
My starter kit it the one on the picture, and to be honest I still don't feel in need for anything else!
For way more information on burners, I suggest this excellent review by Nedra Denison: