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Old 01-17-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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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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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...'-}}

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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.

   
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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...

   
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That's what is in my mind's eye...ugly too for the most part...'-}}

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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.co...-boot-camp.asp

   
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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...

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>> 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.

   
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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! '-}}

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>> 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_no...3Awoodburning+

   
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