About Me

Aaron Aguilar
Founder, Pyrographer, Fabricator

Like most small businesses, High Proof Designs had humble beginnings born out of necessity.  Aaron bought a BBQ smoker that had wooden tables attached to it.  He thought it would be a cool idea to burn an image into the wood to give it an old west saloon feel.  He was unable to find anyone offering that service by searching on craigslist and Facebook marketplace so he took to the internet and researched different ways to burn on wood.   He burned his first images and posted them on his Facebook.  From there he received a few requests for small wood burning jobs and that’s when Aaron’s Custom Pyrography was created.  As the jobs became more complex, Aaron taught himself wood working techniques and continued to add other elements such of torch work and carving to his pieces.  Aaron is a big fan of tattoos and takes a similar approach to how a tattoo artist works:  a customer comes in with an idea and it is the artist’s job to conceptualize the idea onto the medium and use his expertise and tools to create a piece that exceeds the customer’s expectations.  The growth of Aaron’s Custom Pyrography was organic and quick thanks to the support of his family and friends.  Recognizing the potential of this market and customer base, Aaron realized that he needed to figure out a way to scale his side garage gig into a full blown custom shop.  It was at this point that High Proof Designs was formed and the laser was added to the arsenal of customization tools.