Wood burning Transfer Point | What is it ? | How to use it ?

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Written by Jared Watson

Jarred Watson is a pyrographer with 10+ years experience and has worked with brands like BOSCH & FORD. He is always looking to learn and share his passion of wood burning with others.

The art form of pyrography, also known as woodburning, is quickly gaining popularity, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. When applied to wood surfaces using tips like the woodburning transfer point, this art medium requires the use of a heating instrument that resembles a huge pen and creates recognizable burn lines. There are already a lot of experienced pyrographers out there, and the majority of their work is simply amazing. 

Woodburning Transfer Point

Woodburning Transfer Point​

Your choice of woodburning pen tips will depend on the artistic or crafts appearance you’re going for. Working on a flat surface, like a table or desk, or an inclined surface, like an adjustable art table or easel, also has an effect. It also matters if the subject you are working on is curved or flat. Among so many woodburning tips for your pyrography pen, the transfer point is one of the most important and valuable. Here is a quick rundown of the features, uses, pros and cons of the transfer point.


This is one of the most useful woodburning tips in the solid-point kit that enables you to create woodburning designs. Its most beneficial and related applications of it are, without a doubt. This tip is flat, approximately an inch across, and relatively thick, like a large coin. This tip only serves one apparent objective. And when put to good use for that, this small tip is priceless.


Its primary use is pattern transfer, which is also how it got its name. This is your most significant advantage if there is a pyrography pattern you wish to make use of. Use this tool to transfer the design to the wood after printing it on a laser printer or copier. Compared to utilizing graphite paper or the reliable old-fashioned paper for the tracing approach, it is a lot simpler.

The next best and one of the most preferred uses is a beneficial one. It practically makes eliminating dents from wood simpler. It functions almost in the same way as an iron. All you have to do is softly mist the dent in the wood using water. Then use the transfer tip to carefully smooth the dents while maintaining low heat. In essence, it raises the wood to its original level. Only dents that have been pressed in will work with this, but the pieces pulled out of the wood will not.

What do I like about it?

Just be aware that it isn’t much you can manage with this point if you want to use it for actual burning. You can cover up bigger regions of light with it. It creates very subtle, seamless shading. It would function well for larger areas on the wood but is almost challenging to use over the smaller areas.

But if you ignore the grain, it stands out, especially if the wood has been exposed to sap. It would require a lot of work to smooth it out while creating the delicate straight lines since it is difficult to manage. You can obtain some relatively straight lines if you flip this tip around. Although they will appear slightly faded, specific projects could benefit from that.

What do I not like about it?

You can use the transfer point for practically any method that includes burning. In actuality, none of these pyrography methods truly work:

  • Shading in small areas
  • Lettering
  • Dots
  • Curved lines or circles
  • Bold dark burns

You should generally stick to its finest applications and use different woodburning techniques for your burnt artwork


You may employ many techniques to design unique patterns or letters on the wooden surface. But among the best, universal point chisel tips stand out. Making your preferred artwork ought to be more straightforward and attractive if you use this advice and little experience.

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