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Wood Burning



Wood Burning
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.32

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     challenging words:    arthritis, basswood, burning, heated, hobbyists, occupational, poker, pokerwork, pyrography, rheumatoid, wood-burner, wood-burning, therapy, etch, rediscovered, fire-breathing


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Wood Burning
By Colleen Messina
  

1     If you were a dragon in a forest, what would you do to relax? You would have wood and fire at your disposal. Poof! Gently burning pretty patterns into logs with a laser beam of fire from your nostrils could be fun. But you don't have to be a fire-breathing dragon to enjoy wood burning. Pyrography, or pokerwork, has been around a long time.
 
2     Pyrography means "writing with fire." The nickname "pokerwork" started long ago when artists used the hot tip of a fireplace poker to etch patterns onto wood. As far back as 660 B.C., Egyptians enjoyed wood burning as a form of art. They also used it as therapy to help sick people feel better. Other ancient cultures also did wood burning.
 
3     Today, wood burning has been rediscovered as an art form and also as a form of recreation and therapy for people with many illnesses. It becomes more than a hobby to people who face physical challenges. One lady was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was only 15 years old. She later developed other nervous system problems. Doctors told her that she would never have a normal life. She didn't believe them. She decided to try wood burning to help her overcome her limitations. Her art has helped her to live a fulfilling life. She said, "I have seen pyrography work miracles within my life."

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