Brad Pitt On Our New Laser Engraver

Epilog Helix LaserEngraver

Epilog Helix LaserEngraver

They said it was just like using a printer. And it kind of is…


A printer with lots of diverse settings that have to be adjusted for power and speed and resolution and dithering effect, and, and, and… Not just that…those things (and more) have to be re-calibrated for each different type of material you are “printing” onto. For example; the settings you might use to achieve the perfect depth of burn of a logo on birch might be entirely different from the settings you would choose for that same image on say, walnut or bass wood. Much less leather or cardboard! Additionally, the settings you might use to achieve the desired shade and intensity in a plaque expressing a sentiment in words using a specific font would be entirely WRONG for the correct pixelation needed in a photograph where white space around each pixel is not only desirable but required in order to see the depth of detail in photo reproduction.

So, ya…this machine is industrial-grade and takes quite a bit of training and experimentation in order to come up to speed so that we can comfortably add laser-engraving services to my current offering.

Below are a couple of images of recent test projects…

I wanted to try out various settings to see what kind of results I could get with a photograph. I kind of wish I had taken pictures of the earlier renditions of this, lol! But I think we’re getting it nailed…slowly but surely!

I burned the smaller version onto a piece of thick leather first. And I’ve got to say that I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.

So, I thought I’d try it in a larger size and this time on a 12″x12″ square of birch…which is quite a bit harder material than the leather.

Trust me when I tell you that this one took SEVERAL ATTEMPTS to finally achieve this output. But…I _am_ pleased with the final result.

We have also been practicing on ceramic tile and have some acrylic sheeting on order so that we can learn on those, too.

We haven’t even tried cutting shapes out with the laser engraver, yet. That’s coming next!

I’ll keep you posted.

This is kind of fun…but tricky, too!

I’d love to hear your thoughts!



Rustic Plaque for Mountain Cabin

McLeod - Rustic Mountain Cabin Plaque

McLeod – Rustic Mountain Cabin Plaque

I was recently contacted by a gentleman from Wilsonville, OR who wanted a hand-burned, rustic plaque as a gift for his dear friend to hang on the wall in his mountain cabin.

He wasn’t sure what font he wanted or whether to include any graphics or not, but he definitely knew he wanted his friend’s last name and the latitude and longitude coordinates for the cabin.

With that information and knowing he was going for a rustic, mountain-cabin feel, I suggested he might like a plaque with an unfinished bark edge in his choice of shape (rectangle, oval). He loved that idea and decided to go with the oval shape.

Upon further discussion we decided it might be nice to add a pine tree or two for graphical interest. So, I did some searching and offered him a selection of different tree styles. He preferred the one portrayed on the finished plaque and thought it might look nice to have one on either side of his text.

This is a typical example of the process I go through with each individual client. That’s something I really LOVE about hand-burning pyrography pieces. Each one is custom made and a compilation of the client’s initial vision¬† my own artistic abilities. The outcome is always a JOY for me! Walking through each step of the process…making sure the client is pleased all along the way.

This plaque may seem kind of simple…but it was crafted with great care and attention to detail. It is a one-of-a-kind gift and I’m excited to hear how my client’s friend reacts when he receives it this coming Christmas!