Coastal Wood Designs

Hi! My name is Helen, artist, entrepreneur, and life-long Coastside resident. I currently attend San Jose State University and am majoring Business Marketing.

I am passionate about people and the world.

In high school, I began experimenting with wood burning. The initial idea was to create gifts for friends and family. Shortly after practicing on scraps of wood in my yard, I realized that I could share my art with everyone. Thanks to the immense support around me, my artwork has flourished.

What is woodburning?

Wood burning is also known as pyrography. I prefer to call it, “writing with fire”. I use a special wood burning tool that has various heat sitting and interchangeable pen-like tips.

I burn every piece by hand.

Wood burning can be done on all shapes, kinds, and sizes of wood.

How Do I Start?

Message me to begin designing your personalized art. I can be reached through:

or email at
[email protected]

If you know what you want, great! If you don’t, no worries. I will help you plan and create the perfect piece.

My pricing depends on what is on the piece and the size of the wood. Once we determine your artwork, I’ll be able to select a size of wood to meet your budget.

Wood Surfaces


All wood surfaces I burn are sustainably sourced in the USA.

I commonly burn on birchwood, basswood, and maplewood that vary in shape and size. In addition, I’ve burned tables, cutting boards, benches, corn hole boards, surfboards, barn wood, large scale signs, and earrings. Sometimes wood is provided by customers.

I’ve even restored lettering on a 100 year old farming tool.

I partner with a local wood sawyer for repurposed wood surfaces. He commonly provides redwood, walnut, oak, black acacia, and cypress. He gives me the wood he is unable to use for his larger projects. These pieces would otherwise be thrown away. I love being able to save them and turn them into something magical.


Need custom signage for an events or your business?

Send me a message to start!

Wooden Earrings

Lightweight + Unique

Wood burned earrings are available in various shapes, sizes, and patterns. Message me for details.

In addition, I partnered with Quinn Sharp Jewelry Designs to create earrings. Click the link below to purchase!


Official merchandise of Coastal Wood Designs

Click the link below to rock some classic, unique graphics that represent CWD.


During the month of August 2020, Northern California went through a series of massive forest fires. My community was directly affected by the CZU August Fire Complex. I created these pieces below with an image from the cover of our state anthem. Through the sales of these pieces and immense support, we were able to donate proceeds to the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region providing wildfire relief. We raised almost $1,000!


If you'd like me to donate proceeds of a custom to an organization of your choice, let me know. I've donated to CoastPride, Black Earth Farms, American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region, Stop AAPI Hate, Coastside Hope, First Nations, Wounded Warrior Project, Andreotti Family Farms Barn Fundraiser, AAUW, UNICEF Ukraine, and more. 

Want to see more of my work?

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