Health and Safety

ALL inhaled wood dust and fumes are hazardous to your health, it is your responsibility to do everything possible to reduce the risks.

Preparing your wood

Please wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, it is especially important to have respiratory protection when sanding wood. The easiest way to do this is having a well fitted face mask and a dust extraction system in place.

In rare cases some wood can cause skin irritability. If you think you are having a reaction please seek medical attention!

Special Precautions - Yew

Yew has known toxicity to humans, please take extra care when sanding and burning this timber and always use PPE.

What to avoid

I will only supply timber that i am happy to use myself. The benefit of fresh cut raw timber is that you can be sure it has not been treated with any harsh chemicals.

As a rule it is best to avoid using pyrography on any timber that has been treated, painted or stained as burning through these products will produce harmful fumes.


Please never use Pyrography on MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), MDF is made from a mix of hard and soft wood fibres that are then mixed with resin and compressed to form boards. Burning onto MDF will create toxic fumes.

Plywood is a popular choice among pyrographer however care must be taken not to burn through the top wood layer into the glue underne

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