Pyrography uses wood-burning tools (which resemble a calligrapher's pen attached to a heat source) to burn designs onto wood or other natural surfaces. In this workbook-style guide, artist Irish provides an overview of some of the basics of pyrography, including variations in temperature (which introduces lighter and darker colors to the finished artwork), texture, and stroke. Each of the six exercises includes step-by-step instructions with photographs of most steps, and the result is a finished piece of art. Irish also explores the use of practice boards, which allow pyrographers to practice textures or designs prior to starting a project. VERDICT This is a great quick-start primer for aspiring pyrographers, but crafters looking for a more comprehensive work may prefer the author's 2012 title The Art and Craft of Pyrography.