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    It is with a sad and heavy heart that I must tell you of Don Worden's death. He suffered a massive stroke on Dec. 24, 2012, and was hospitalized until his death on Dec. 29, 2012.

    He had been wood burning for over 30 years, before most of us even heard of wood burning, much less the term pyrography. Throughout his life, Don honed his prodigious artistic gifts and was an award-winning wood burning artist who appeared in numerous woodworking publications.

    He used a single temp craft burner, but he was also known to use a real fired hot poker stick in his art. He enjoyed burning pictures of nature, animals, pets, and old time buildings, covered bridges, and mills.

    Don was always helpful and inspired new wood burners every chance he got. He will be missed by all of those who's lives he touched. May you rest in peace Don. I'll miss you. Blessings, Danette

    I've attached a photo of Don working outside demonstrating his poker art using hot coals in a metal pail.
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    "Keep burning and learning"

    Danette (aka Dannie) Smith
    Pyrographic Artist and Instructor
    Home of Dangees Table Top Easel


    http://danettesmithpyro.weebly.com

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    Re: Remembering Donald L. Worden

    I had the pleasure of conversing with Don last year while writing the article about the Andrew's Museum exhibit. He was such a sweet person and a gentle Soul. Anyone who is so dedicated to pyrography that they're willing to build a fire and draw with a hot poker is a rock star in my book.

    donWorden.mabrymill.jpg

    Don was so proud of his favorite subject, Mabry Mill, he told me all about the process: Here it is.
    RIP Don, go with God.
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    Cate McCauley
    Pyrographic Illustrations
    Web Site: catemcc.com

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      Re: Remembering Donald L. Worden

      I did not know Don, but respect to him for his years of dedication to pyrography, and condolances to his family, and all those that knew, loved and respected him.


      Steve
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        Re: Remembering Donald L. Worden

        Thank you both for remembering Don. You are right Cate, the Mabry Mill was his favorite subject. Thank you for including a photo of it.
        "Keep burning and learning"

        Danette (aka Dannie) Smith
        Pyrographic Artist and Instructor
        Home of Dangees Table Top Easel


        http://danettesmithpyro.weebly.com

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          Re: Remembering Donald L. Worden

          I've known of Don's work for many years and always admired it. I've even tried to do my own pyro of the Mabry Mill from a photo I found some years ago, but I just couldn't capture it. So I really appreciate Don's.

          So sorry to read of his passing - a great loss to the world of pyrography and to his family. My sincere condolences to those left behind.
          Lesley
          Bedfordshire, England

          www.wydon.co.uk

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            Re: Remembering Donald L. Worden

            Thank you Lesley for your kind words about Don.
            "Keep burning and learning"

            Danette (aka Dannie) Smith
            Pyrographic Artist and Instructor
            Home of Dangees Table Top Easel


            http://danettesmithpyro.weebly.com

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