Leisure Time Products,
Inc. has been the most innovative and inventive company in its
field. It patented the Vented Pen. It was the first to design
and produce fish scale pens. It is the first to use solid copper
tips for heat retention in shading. We listened to our customers
(champions: Brunet, Muehlmatt, Fairfield, Lundell, etc.) and produced
special pens of their designs.
For many years, Robert E. Boyer was
president of Leisure Time Products, Inc., the company that manufactures
the Detail Master Burning Systems. Boyer's background was
originally in art; he studied at the Chicago Art Institute after
World War II. Finding it difficult to support his family, he attended
college at night and weekends and received a degree in Mechanical
Engineering. After many years of owning and running companies
that made metal components, he finally decided to get back into
his first love: art. He became interested in the realistic wood
sculptures of birds that he saw in a New Orleans wildlife shop.
He was amazed at the realism that was attained by the use of burning
tools. These tools could make the feathers of the carved bird
so realistic that some people thought it was a mounted bird.
The Detail Master
Burning System was built of the best available materials. Most
other competitive systems, at that time, made burning tools of
off-the-shelf boxes and components. The Detail Master was
made specifically of quality components and a customized chassis
of stainless steel. The components used were electronic overkill
in most instances. It was built to last a long time—we hear from many of our customers that their 20-year old systems are still working fine.
Boyer started promoting
pyrography almost two decades ago. It was not only the carvers he
wanted as customers, but the flat burners of pictures on wood,
leather, buckskin, gourds, plastic, tree fungus and paper. When
he joined the Internet many years ago, the world community had
never heard of "pyrography". You could use that as a key word
for searching the Internet and get no response. Today, through
much of his efforts and the efforts of many other pyrographers,
it is well known terminology. There are pyrographic clubs all
over the world and many people excelling in this form of art.
Robert E. Boyer, the
Detail Master, wrote a "Burning Techniques" column in Chip Chats
Magazine, which is the periodical distributed by the National
Wood Carvers Association. This magazine comes out 6 times a year
and is beneficial in showing what has been accomplished by artists
all over the world. You can learn about shows, techniques and
various clubs. It is well worth the nominal price of a subscription.
Contact them at: www.chipchats.org.
He spent over five years writing the book, "The Amazing Art
of Pyrography" which is available on this website.
Thank you for visiting
the Detail Master web site. We hope you enjoy our products for
many years to come!