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mandandy
01-17-2013, 06:00 AM
Hey guys, I recently saw someone who had their business cards made out of wood, and was just wondering if you know whether its really expensive to get this done? The imagery and text was burnt/written on the card by hand clearly, not printed with a laser (or whatever).

terrie
01-17-2013, 01:09 PM
My guess--with no research...'-}}--is that if indeed they are hand done (vs. say, a laser), they'd be quite pricey and the image that pops into my mind's eye is something pretty ugly and not all that functional but maybe I'm wrong so if you'd got a url I'd be interested in taking a look...'-}}

Terrie

Andrew B.
01-17-2013, 01:45 PM
Decades ago I watched my mother do this with an electric burning tool. She always undercharged for everything she did. So my guess it you'd have to find a craft-person who can do this, and just see what they charge.

BTW, this can also be done with branding iron or laser. But from what you said, you are looking for the real deal.

annc
01-17-2013, 01:51 PM
Hey guys, I recently saw someone who had their business cards made out of wood, and was just wondering if you know whether its really expensive to get this done? The imagery and text was burnt/written on the card by hand clearly, not printed with a laser (or whatever).My brother used to do that when he was a teenager. The local Sunday market here has a couple of people who sell works, although they're usually big chunky things. Perhaps you could make a start with the local community craft group in your area...

Steve Rindsberg
01-17-2013, 02:18 PM
There are computer-driven "printers" that use lasers to do this sort of thing. I'm guessing that they'd gang-print them for stuff like business cards. Contrary to the mental image that the very idea brings up, they can be quite delicate (hey, it's drawing with a teeny laser beam, not a big ol' burning iron).

google laser engraving machine
Lots of hits; some of them look pretty much like the one I saw demonstrated at a show.
The guy doing the demos was Foster Coburn of Graphics Unleashed.
Hmm. Apparently at one point he was even doing laser engraving training sesssions.
http://graphics-unleashed.unleash.com/2007/08/laser-engraving-boot-camp.asp

terrie
01-17-2013, 03:59 PM
ann: although they're usually big chunky thingsThat's what is in my mind's eye...ugly too for the most part...'-}}

Terrie

terrie
01-17-2013, 04:01 PM
steve: Contrary to the mental image that the very idea brings up, they can be quite delicate (hey, it's drawing with a teeny laser beam, not a big ol' burning iron).Yes I figured that sort would have a delicacy that a hand-done electric burning tool (do they still make those things?) would not...

Terrie

Andrew B.
01-17-2013, 04:37 PM
Yes, I think the laser method would give the finest detail. The branding irons (for wood, not cattle) operate at about the same level as rubber stamps. I guess, though, someone with a wood burning tool might do shading better than a laser does.

BTW, I found the term for all this. It's called "pyrographics."

Steve Rindsberg
01-17-2013, 09:20 PM
>> a hand-done electric burning tool (do they still make those things?)

If so, it's probably so covered with safety devices and federally mandated warning labels as to be unusable. Considering the results of using one, perhaps that's a good thing.

terrie
01-17-2013, 09:58 PM
steve: Considering the results of using one, perhaps that's a good thing. LOL! I think my older sister had one--obviously many, many eons ago--and I was just fascinated with it but was not allowed to try it because I was too young...oh weep! '-}}

Terrie

Andrew B.
01-17-2013, 10:42 PM
>> a hand-done electric burning tool (do they still make those things?)

I just checked Amazon. Not only tools, but also books and supplies. Take a look: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=woodburning+&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Awoodburning+

mandandy
01-18-2013, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the tips and links guys! I think its too much hassle trying to do it myself, so I think I'll try and find someone to do it for me. I dont really want that many to be honest, its not like Im going to be handing them out to everyone I know and meet :P something along the lines of this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegalore/5885516629/), but more handmade looking. So I'd only have, say, 20 of those, just to give out to people I really want to impress, just because I think if someone gave a business card like that to be, I would definitely not through it away :D So I'd then also print a few hundred normal cheap business cards that I can hand out to whoever. Ive been using print24 (http://print24.com/uk/) before theyre ok. But Ive got to see where I can find a local craftsman/woman to do the wooden one. Its just too cool :P

Thanks!

don Arnoldy
01-18-2013, 09:49 AM
something along the lines of this (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikegalore/5885516629/), but more handmade looking.

If those were done letterpress, the darker areas are most-likely brown ink—tho many of those presses have been converted for use as foil stamping/embossing presses, and foil stamping requires a heated die..so it could be scorched (I'm not sure how hot foil stamping dies get).

If you only want a few of them, try looking for a group that does historical or art printing—they would have an old platen press and the lead type to do something like that.

--don

Andrew B.
01-18-2013, 01:47 PM
I think these look sort of cool: http://woodbusinesscard.com/laser-engraved-card-2/

I wonder if termite inspectors ever use wooden business cards.

Steve Rindsberg
01-19-2013, 09:42 AM
I think these look sort of cool: http://woodbusinesscard.com/laser-engraved-card-2/

I wonder if termite inspectors ever use wooden business cards.
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They could make sure they're infested first. A sure way of drumming up future business.

mandandy
01-20-2013, 06:00 AM
I wonder if termite inspectors ever use wooden business cards.

If I was a plumber I'd make mine out of toilet paper

terrie
01-20-2013, 01:50 PM
ROFL!!! '-}}

Terrie

Steve Rindsberg
01-21-2013, 08:50 AM
I don't know that I'd advise laser-engraving those, though.
It might give you an unwelcome opportunity to learn what the fire department's using for business cards.

JamieHow
05-10-2013, 10:39 AM
Hey guys, I recently saw someone who had their business cards made out of wood, and was just wondering if you know whether its really expensive to get this done? The imagery and text was burnt/written on the card by hand clearly, not printed with a laser (or whatever).

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