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Posted 3 years ago


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I know that many Americans will be familiar with the Australian red-flowering gum that I saw lining the streets of SanFrancisco in full bloom. Here it is used by an unidentified Arts and Crafts artist in the manner of an iconic Australian painter Margaret Preston (see last photo).

Pyrography or Poker Work is the method of burning designs into timber that has been a method of artistic expression for thousands of years.

Poker work was a popular art form in Australia in the period prior to World War 2. Popular designs found on Australian poker work of this period include Australian flora and fauna. Most notably these include gum leaves and blossom, waratahs, wattle and poinsettia flowers. Fauna also figured highly and included mainly koalas and kookaburras as well as other types of birds.
It appeared as a decorative form of design on a variety of household items made from wood such as vases, spoons, coat hangers, bowls, egg cups, coasters, doily covers and trays.
The quality of the work appeared to vary greatly, from that done by amateur hobbyists to professional artists.

I use this one to store away my doiley collection!


  1. Esther110 Esther110, 3 years ago
    uh-huh---okay---talk, talk, talk, but no pic, pic, pic!!!
    Where's the doily collection???

    This doily cover is way prettier than the other one, but I'd adopt them both in flash!!!
    Thanks for sharing, Vet!!!
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    I guess I missed this one. Also lovely. Patiently waiting for Aunties lace...
  3. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 2 years ago
    Gorgeous pieces vet ! Hope the New Year treats you well !
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Hedgewalker and Happy New Year to you too!

    Happy Hunting!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    And a very belated thanks to Esther110, AmberRose and Amy too!

    Happy New Year, y'all!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  7. inky inky, 1 year ago
    I love that first one...:-)
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks inky!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Hey inky, they are the two parts of the one item!
  10. inky inky, 1 year ago
    The before and after the back and front!...:-)
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thanks Sean, these are particularly Australian.
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AR8Jason!

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