Learn about Pokerwork

Pokerwork refers to a way of decorating wood by burning a design into it. Even if the wooden object has very little burnt design, with most of the design having been painted, it is still called pokerwork. Thus, a vase may have a very small area at the top with a burnt design, and though the rest of the vase may be painted, it is still classified as pokerwork.

Pokerwork as a technique is not restricted to wood, although wooden objects predominate. The technique is straightforward: a piece of metal is heated at its tip and pressed onto or drawn across the wooden surface.

Repeated application produces a pattern. Coloured to colour the design instead of stain, and frequently stain is then rubbed into the wood that is finally have varnish applied to their surface instead of polish. polished or clear varnished. More sophisticated ways of In other words, they look like factory products instead of burning have been invented for pokerwork today, being individually made. Many Australian and Japanese including the use of a laser beam, but the principle is articles retain their original paper stickers, showing the exactly the same. manufacturer's name. look on the base for these. more...

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Australian pokerwork vase and trivet, Height 13.5 cm approx

An interesting Art Nouveau floral decorated ten drawer pokerwork chest. 141 cm high, 59 cm wide, 27 cm deep

Large Australia pokerwork vase, with poinsettia decoration, 20 cm high approx.

Pokerwork pedestal, cedar and pine with gumleaf decoration, late 19th century. 77 cm high

Large Australian pokerwork vase with Australian floral decoration including flannel flowers, 30 cm high approx.

A poker-work doiley holder, featuring an Australian wildlife scene

An Australian pokerwork breadboard decorated with a kookaburra and gumnuts, approx 30 cm diameter

Vintage pokerwork footed bowl with Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie decoration, 24.5 cm diameter, 12.5 cm high

A pair of Australian pokerwork timber bookends, with bird and wildflower design. Height 18.5 cm

A pair of Australian pokerwork timber bookends, with bottle brush design. Height 18 cm

A pair of Australian pokerwork timber bookends, with eucalyptus leaves design. Signed Ethel Dinan to base. c.1940. Height 14 cm

An Australian pokerwork timber candlestick, with geometric design. Height 27 cm

A pair of Australian pokerwork timber bookends, with koala design. Height 14 cm

A pair of Australian pokerwork small timber vase, with koala design. Height 10 cm

A Hiel Co. Ware pokerwork timber vase, with wattle and willy wagtail bird design. Height 9 cm

An Australian pokerwork timber vase, with koala 'Greetings from Sydney' design. Height 13 cm

An Australian pokerwork timber vase, with kookaburra design. Height 20 cm

An Australian pokerwork timber vase, with floral design. Height 14 cm

An Australian pokerwork timber vase, with koala design. Height 23 cm

An Australian pokerwork timber vase, with waratah design. Height 36 cm

Two pokerwork, dolly press. Flowers and kookaburra design. Diameter 27 and 29 cm

A pokerwork vase, with Willi Wagtail design. Height 20.5 cm. (a/f)

An Australian pokerwork timber vase, with leaf design. Height 21 cm

Australian pokerwork bowl, with kookaburra decoration, 22 cm diameter approx

An Art Deco painted and poker worked decorative tray, approx 51 cm x 33 cm

Vintage Australian pokerwork smokers stand decorated with kookaburra,gum leaf, and magpies, height 85.5 cm approx

Vintage Australian pokerwork tray decorated with kookaburras and gum leaves on a double handled wicker frame, width 55.5 cm approx

Pair of Australian timber pokerwork waratah vases, painted in dark hues, each with three waratahs. Condition good to fair, minor paint chips & crazing. Height 35.5 cm

A poker-work picture peg-tray, Australian, first half 20th century, 33 cm high, 46 cm wide

A pokerwork bread board Madge Turnbull July 1930 inscribed to base Dia. 30 cm

Two Australian Pokerwork smokers stands one decorated with Kookaburra & gumleaf / gumnuts & the other with birds decoration, 73 cm high approx. (tallest)

Vintage oak cigar box in the form of a barrel together with a lidded pokerwork box

Small group of pokerwork including a pair of bookends, candlestick and Gumleaf vase

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