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Thursday, May 4, 2017

GourdSupply Products Pigment Inks


Check out the new GourdSupply Products (aka Memories) Pigment Inks. The now available. Right now there will be 10 mid-range colors that will allow you to create a custom color palette by blending colors.
These inks will work on a wide variety of surfaces. I have tested them out on paper, wood & gourds & had great results.
The are water-based like the dye Inks (aka: Gourd Ink Dyes, Ink Dyes) but use a pigment carrier rather than dye.
The Pigment inks are thicker & more opaque & perform like a combination dye ink/acrylic paint.
I think you will love them as much as I do.

The colors & items are listed on the website but the PayPal buttons will not be on until I have them in stock & ready to ship...hopefully in about a week.

The color samples are done on Bristol paper (top) & Plywood (bottom)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Special Offer

SPECIAL OFFER FOR A LIMITED TIME: Buy Any Burner AND Starter Kit OR a Complete Starter Kit package that includes a burner listed on my website in the same order & get your choice of 1 or all three of these books at 1/2 price: 
  • Pyrography Patterns
  • Lifelike Pyrography from Photographs 
  • The Art of Pyrography.

NOTE: These prices will only be honored with the purchase of a Burner/burner package AND starter kit or a complete starter kit that includes a burner IN THE SAME ORDER!

This special offer can be found on the Burner, kits & accessories page between the burners & starter kits (below the burners & just above the starter kits).

Razertip Burners, Kits, Cords & Accessories

UPDATE 12/1/17 This offer has been extended

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Holidays at Sawdust Connection

Every day at Sawdust Connection is Cyber Monday. We don't inflate prices &
then offer discounts, we don't have sales, we just have low prices every day!

The holiday shopping started early this year but I"m keeping on top of things. 

Due to increase thefts of packages all large packages (that won't fit in a mail box) that are going to residential addresses are going to require a signature for your protection. I know it's a little inconvenient but it's for your protection.

At the moment I'm well stocked with burners, inks, etc but that can change pretty quickly this time of year so if you know what you want don't wait until the last minute.

Happy holidays to everyone!

Nedra Denison,
Sawdust Connection

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Razertip Bead Maker Tip Set

I have gotten requests for this item & I am pleased to announce that it is now in stock & has just been added to the website.

You will find it on the page with the Razertip specialty pens & tip sets.

#T98.030 (3.0mm)
#T98.047 (4.7mm)
#T98.060 (6.0mm)
3 Piece Tip Set
Includes 3.0mm (7/64"), 4.7mm (3/16") and 6.00mm (15/64") tips.
Used to "push" material down, leaving a round raised "bead" on any surface, but very popular on gourds and wood turnings. Each depression makes half a bead.
These tips will only work with the Binding-Post Interchangeable-tip Pen #BPH.
HD cord is recommended. Use our brass brush for cleaning these tips.
Available as: Standard tip only.
Retail Price: $24.95/Set
Our Price: $21.00/Set 

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Well, for the first time since I have had my own business (1993) I am taking a vacation. I mean a real work! 

I will be closed from 8/5 (noon) - 8/14. Orders received after 8/4 will begin shipping on 8/15 in the order received.

We are leaving home by car (This is the first time since 1999 we are traveling without an RV) & heading to San Antonio & Fredericksburg.

I will be gone for a week & while I will not be working (yup that's right, I won't be processing orders either) & I will not be answering business calls or returning voice mail messages but I will respond to email messages as time permits...remember I am on vacation ;)

So, if you want to get in touch with me please do so through my website contact page & send off a message.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nedra's New Pyrography Pen Set for Gourd Artists

This is Nedra's New Exclusive Gourd Artists Pyrography Pen Set

This set is available only in the HD version & it is only available from me.

These are the most versatile & popular tip styles used by gourd artists & should meet the needs of most gourd artists. Over the years I have found that the HD versions perform better on gourds & are more popular so this set is only available in an HD version.

Some of the pens are available individually in standard versions.

I recommend you use these pen with an HD (Red tip) cord for the best overall performance.

Nedra's 5 pc Piece Gourd Pyrography Pen Set includes one each:
  • HD14SM Round-Heeled Knife
  • HD30 M Medium Spoon Shader
  • HD5L Long Spear/Gourd Cutter
  • HD5S Small Spear
  • F99.015 Ball Stylus

You can find it on my website along with photos of each tip style: 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pricing Your Art Work

PRICING YOUR PYROGRAPHIC ART WORK - This was an article I wrote back in 2004 & then posted on the forum in 2006. Since then it has been edited & revised.
This topic has been a discussion that has gone on many times in many groups so I wrote an article about it. At the time I originally wrote the article it focused on Pyrography but the information is relevant to gourd art as well most crafts.
It's hard to really tell someone what their work is worth because people are at different skill levels (beginner to professional). Some of the people charge per square inch but most artists charge for the time spent. The per hour charge would depend on many things: your skill, your geographical area (some areas can get more than others) and what the market will bear. Living in TX when I started burning I was getting about $35-50 for a burning. When I moved to WA state I was selling the same pieces for at least twice that much. Some newer artists starting out are lucky to get $5.00/hour plus add on the materials (i.e.: wood) others who have been doing it a while with an established reputation can get $20.00/hour. And of course there are the famous artists such as Dino Muradian who can get whatever they want!!!! 
I would suggest perhaps you figure out how much time you think it will take you, add in the cost of the wood and throw out a figure. If they don't faint perhaps you have found the magic figure. It's really a crap shoot when you figure out pricing. It's also how much you want to sell your work and not care so much about the fact that you’re selling it for the equivalent of "slave labor". When I started I sold my work relatively cheap (perhaps $5.00/hour) and I started adjusting my prices as my level of expertise improved and how quickly they sold. If they sell too fast, they are too cheap! I was told at a show last year (2003) by several people that I was giving my work away so again I adjusted my prices. You might not sell as much when your prices are higher but you have to decide if your time is worth it or do you want to sell your burnings.
I'm at the point where I don't care if I sell them. I do them because I love what I'm doing and if it sells great, if not that's ok too. I never was in it for the money, I was doing it because it was "fun". I take commissions of things I like and consider "fun" and others I turn away. When this stops being "fun" and becomes a job I will stop doing it. When I get a commission I tell them what I want and if they don't have heart failure that's great. I don't negotiate my price....just like I don't negotiate my boss reducing my salary.
What I consider when I set a price for a commission is how long will it take me to do this piece (of course you have to have some kind of idea of how long it will take you and this might be a rough estimate if you have never done anything like it before) and what kind of wood am I putting it on. I calculate the cost of the wood and the hours at my hourly rate and then come up with a figure. Hopefully it's one that they will agree to. Then depending on the commission I decide how much of a deposit I require. If it's a personal portrait I require it be paid in full. If it's a generic burning such as one of the Native American pieces I have done over the years, I just get 1/2 up front and the balance when I'm half way through it.


I have a 'base' starting price. Portraits are custom commissioned work that obviously cannot be sold to someone else should the person decide they do not want it when it is finished & I left them know this before I accept the commission. I let them know that I require a retainer of half paid before I start & I will send them updates from time to time. When I’m halfway through they can cancel if they are not happy with it but there will be no refund of the retainer. The balance of the fee is due at this point before I will complete the piece.
Portraits are more expensive than general wildlife or landscape of the same size. This goes without saying and is generally understood by clients. In addition to what I stated above I have set rules for my Portraits... I don't do anything smaller than 8x10" to start...for a single teenager/adult I feel that anything smaller than this is more of a 'picture' than a 'portrait'. Details of expression and personality will not have any 'impact '. As far as pricing by size... try looking at it this way.... say you have a 8x10...and decide to do a portrait of just head and shoulders. You charge $350.00 for the one person, head and shoulders in that size. Then say you have a larger size such as 16x20 with 2 people in it....I would charge $200 for an extra person & perhaps $50 extra for the larger (basic) wood. So, as an example I start with a base price for the size of the wood/canvas/paper, etc. Let’s say my minimum size is 8x10 for one person starting at 350.00 done on basswood. If they want a background... it’s an extra $150.00. If they want an extra person it’s $200. If they want a larger size it’s $50/size (depending on the material used) up to 16x20. If it's done on premium wood I add more to that based on the selected wood.
Again, these are prices on standard wood (such as Basswood)...not exotic woods. Burled wood is perhaps double the price of standard wood. An example is the portrait below that was done on a premium piece of maple burl with color added for accents & today would sell for $500-$600 depending on the region. The bottom line is not price that I'm trying to convey....but rather the size thing.... pricing by the inch or by the size of wood... really works best for me. If you think about it.... you can only get so much in an area of wood.... whether is one barn.... or the barn with animals it doesn't really matter. They take about the same time to do.... so you can price by the piece.... and then add on for extras like backgrounds, special burning of names or lettering, etc. But for the most part.... you can really get so much so just pick the high end of what price you have in mind...and stick to it.
I suggest you go to woodcarving & woodworking shows and see what other people are charging for their work if you are not sure. Think about how does your work compare to theirs (try to be honest with yourself) and price accordingly. In Texas (not major metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Houston, etc). a simple Basswood burning (not a portrait) with bark...8 x l0" are in the 75.00 to 85.00 range for “art” at an intermediate level give or take from what I have seen. Beginners would be about $45.00 to $50.00 in Texas. This is just a general idea based on this geographic area. The price you decide will be a personal choice for you. Without the benefit of seeing your work...the prices I quoted above are for intermediate levels. It’s what you can live with when they take your work away... what sits right with you for your efforts...and how badly do they want it? You must be fair... but always remember... whatever level you are burning at.... your work IS an ORIGINAL... all hand assembly line... that’s worth an extra l5% right there!
This article was written for Pyrography but the same principles apply to other art forms including gourds.
I hope this helps and didn't further confuse the issue for you.
Good Luck! 
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