Pyrography is an uptown name for WoodBurning.
You can go from a $12 iron from WalMart to a $900.00 unit that has very precise temperature control and 6 pens to the module. Pick one up at the store and practice with it.
Thanks John, I have a couple of wood burners. One is from Hobby Lobby, it has about 4 different tips that came with it-- about $15-20. My newest has a temperature control knob on it and it came with a variety of tips with different shapes and sizes and i paid about $50 for it online.
for this particular piece i bought the wood from Hobby Lobby when it was on sale. But a lot of my work is from wood that i have found somewhere... My "Dad" piece was done on a weathered piece of wood that was leftover from a project I did.. it was the first time i used my wood burning kit.. that was about 5 years ago. When I was a kid, I used to use a magnifying glass and the sun to do some pyrography...I do not recommend this. Here is an example:
"bass" wood is popular for burning projects. Buy enough to practice on to get your style and temperature settings that suit you and your style. Hard woods such as poplar, oak, mahogany, etc are a bit more of a challenge, but can be done.
Hobby stores carry Bass Wood in many sizes. White birch plywood is available in my walmart, which will also work.