Poker work or the method of burning designs into timber has been a method of artistic expression for thousands of years. Sometimes termed pyrography many cultures throughout the world have used this method to decorate ceremonial items as well as ornaments and functional household items.
Poker work was a popular art form in Australia in the period prior to World War 2. It appeared as a decorative form of design on a variety of household items made from wood such as vases, spoons, coat hangers, ...
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