Custom Colorado Pyrography Artwork by UrbanDEN

It’s no secret that Coloradans are very proud of their home state! As a transplant that emigrated here from Florida over 7 years ago, I’m officially a proud Coloradan, too!

I was living in the Florida Keys, where my family lives, and kept dreaming of moving West to the Rocky Mountains where I had spent a few summers hiking and working as a conservationist.  Being a mid-twenty something single person, I was looking for a larger city that was either in or extremely close to the high country and wilderness…Denver was really the only option I could come up with.  So, after giving it very little thought and not knowing a single person in Denver, I came up with a timeline and plan and moved out here to begin a new chapter in my life.  It was hands-down the best decision I ever made.  I fell in love with Denver, and more specifically, the Colorado high country, almost instantly.

Coming from Florida, however, I was not expecting the overwhelming state pride I encountered with Coloradans…there were Colorado flags, stickers, hats, and t-shirts everywhere.  People in Florida only really showed pride in their chosen college or professional football teams so state pride was sort of a foreign concept to me.  But it’s very easy to see and understand why there is so much Colorado pride…we truly live in one of the most beautiful places…and apparently a LOT of people agree, as evidenced by the surging number of people moving here every day.

Naturally, I wanted to exhibit my Colorado pride in some way.  I’ve never been one for bumper stickers and I’ve never been a fan of using flags made from weather resistant material as interior decoration…they look great outside but I didn’t have a space to fly one…so what was I to do?  I had contemplated making a Colorado flag out of stained wood but the idea just never inspired me to action.  I knew that whatever I created, I wanted to replicate it and share it with other art-loving, proud Coloradans which meant it not only had to be well-made but also unique with great attention to detail.  So the brainstorming and experimenting began…

I’ve always loved wood.  The smell of it.  The feel of it.  The variation in it.  I’d had experience with pyrography (technique of burning images into wood) many, many years ago and when that somehow popped into my head, I immediately jumped at the idea.  After numerous experiments and trial runs and all the other tribulations and doubt that come along with creation, I finally settled on a concept and set out to perfect it.

I’ve kept the “prototypes” for myself and they are displayed around our house…with all their imperfections and unedited beauty (if you’re into that sort of thing).  But here are the one-of-a-kind ‘production’ pieces that I’ve had at markets and began selling through word of mouth and friends:

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XL size in Flag Blue with gorgeous poplar hardwood frame

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XL size with natural wood stains and a pop of blue wood dye in C. Framed with premium pine stained Provincial.

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Large size in sky blue color scheme with setting sun C motif. Framed in premium pine with walnut stain.

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Medium size with sunset sky color scheme and floating C motif. Framed in premium pine with ebony stain.

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Small size with mountain skyline only, sunset sky, and broncos colors. Premium pine frame stained blue.

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Small size with sky blue color scheme and over-laying, centered C motif

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Mountain State Flag in medium size

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2 foot square with sky blue color scheme. Framed in premium pine with walnut stain.

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Collection of other motifs we do. Simple Denver skyline, all natural stain scheme floating C motif, sky blue color scheme 3 layer mountain motif, Denver skyline with C motif, as well as our small square designs. Small, medium, and large sizes shown.

All of the artwork is hand-made.  Each piece is made from high-quality, hand-selected 1/2″ birch plywood.  I free-hand the mountains and draw everything onto the wood before burning it in.  Once the wood burning is complete, I use a variety of wood stains and tinted dyes to add color and shading while still allowing all of the beautiful wood grain to show through.  Each piece is then finished with satin polyurethane on everything except the raw wood mountains allowing the true tones of the wood to shine.  They are truly a labor of love!

If you are interested in ordering a custom piece of artwork, please send me an email or leave a comment.  There will be a few “custom” listings in the Etsy shop as well. Additionally, I will be adding listings for all pieces that are already completed and not yet sold.

Price list (prices may vary some for custom touches):

Extra-Large: 38 inches wide by 20 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 4 inches.
Unframed: $295  With Premium Pine Frame: $350  Poplar frame: $375                                                          Other hardwood frames available for market prices

Large: 32 inches wide by 16 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 4 inches.       Unframed: $195  With Premium Pine Frame: $245  Poplar frame: $275                                                 Other hardwood frames available for market prices

Medium:  24 inches wide by 12 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 3 inches.           Unframed: $135  With Premium Pine Frame: $165

Small: 20 inches wide by 10 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 2.5 inches.           Unframed: $100  With Premium Pine Frame: $130

Large Square:  24 inches wide by 24 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 4 inches.   Unframed: $215  With Premium Pine Frame: $265  Poplar frame: $295                                 Other hardwood frames available for market prices

Small Square: 6 inches. $25

All pieces come ready to hand with framing wire already installed.

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