“Burning Desire” by David Freemore
Dave Freemore began his wood burning (pyrography) with a collection of cedar which his father gathered from the Missouri River shores in Montana. The collection was the result of seeing Dave’s first work, his wife’s parents’ names burned on a piece of white pine displayed over their garage door of their Lake Comfort retirement home.
Dave soon began collecting pictures to fit the wood slabs, primarily cross-cuts. The coloring, size, and placements of the knots in the wood intrigued him and drove his selection of pictures to burn. Giving gifts of his art spurred more work. Sometimes people wished to purchase pieces to fit their own collections.
After several years of hiatus, retirement and a display in his home has brought curiosity from new friends and neighbors. A recent trip to Costa Rica has peaked Dave’s interest in renewed wood burning after acquiring chunks of laurel while he was there.
“Our family appreciates artwork immensely,” says his wife, Jan, “since we have family generations before and after us that have created a variety of art expressions.” Dave and Jan live in the Comfort Lake home where the first piece was originally displayed.