After 30 years in the corporate world, Michele Parson realized her desire to return to the art of her childhood and college days. In pursuit of this goal, she apprenticed under a master woodcarver for six years and retired from her corporate job to start a second career. During the apprenticeship, Michele learned of and learned to love pyrography, “drawing with fire.” The practice was new at that time, and there were no instructions, so Michele became one. Pyrography is called woodburning when done on wood. However, Michele also burns onto other materials and is particularly fond of burning on leather. With today’s modern pyrography equipment, Michele is able to create burnings that have the fine details of pen and ink renderings.
Parsons Wood Artistry occupies studio space at the Union Mills Learning Center, a renovated school where the community holds events such as track meets and bluegrass concerts. The studio space is a large classroom with an ambience of history through its wood floors, tall ceilings, and tall windows giving plenty of natural light. Visitors to Parsons Wood Artistry will be able to view displays of both antique and modern pyrography equipment, watch a pyrography demonstration, and try their hand at burning on wood or leather. Visitors may also have the chance to view traditional woodcarving work in progress using European-style bench carving with mallets, chisels, and gouges. Artwork is available for purchase, as well as pyrography equipment and books.
Open by Appointment