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Jack Lewis

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10-20-2016 04:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fractal azwoody epoxy filling

This is the final results of the conifer blank I picked up last trip from AZWOODY. It had some severe checks and large cracks that I filled with blackened epoxy on the outside. I was unhappy with that look and decided to experiment with “fractal” burning. I had wanted to try it for some to time. I think it came out well and it did mask the epoxy mess I made. I repaired the interior cracks with CA glue and fine chips. I sanded the inside with BLO which also filled the smaller checks and smoothed the cracks with the sanding dust. Finish is rattle can lacquer.
13” dia x 6” deep


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#1 posted 10-20-2016 04:56 PM

Very nice looking

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#2 posted 10-20-2016 05:01 PM

I Like it !!, Where did you find the best info on the technique ?

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 06:58 PM



I Like it !!, Where did you find the best info on the technique ?

- TheTurtleCarpenter


There was several you tube videos but the best way is hands on finding out what works best. Took a transformer from a microwave for power.

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#4 posted 10-20-2016 07:48 PM

Jack, that’s nice. I’m having a lot of fun with my homemade lightning pyrography unit, too. You just have to be careful with it. have you tried filling in the larger burns with epoxy?

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#5 posted 10-20-2016 08:32 PM

Amazing work

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#6 posted 10-20-2016 08:57 PM

A lot of people are experimenting with fractal burning … I would not recommend using a microwave transformer. A neon sign transformer is, IMHO, a far better choice.

Here is why: https://youtu.be/rMlpfirTV8w

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#7 posted 10-20-2016 09:20 PM



A lot of people are experimenting with fractal burning … I would not recommend using a microwave transformer. A neon sign transformer is, IMHO, a far better choice.

Here is why: https://youtu.be/rMlpfirTV8w

- TheDane


Have both and neon transformer wasm’t reliable or powerful enough for some woods.

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#8 posted 10-20-2016 09:20 PM

I’ve used the technique with several of my LJ projects (Neon sign transformer). Basically there are no guarantees, you just have to experiment.

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#9 posted 10-21-2016 01:08 AM

It’s really impressive the first couple of times you see it, not sure if i want to try it.

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#10 posted 10-21-2016 01:35 AM

It s really impressive the first couple of times you see it, not sure if i want to try it.

- Rick M.

Ditto here!

Wonder what kind of transformer these guys are using! ... http://www.conestogaworks.com/woodburners.html

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 10-21-2016 02:39 PM

I wondered when someone would start selling a ‘kit’ to do this.

They use a switcher power supply. I have one from my stash of stripped down electronic junk parts, but I have not tried it. Their best feature is they are smaller and light weight.

Jack, did you use a set of probes that you moved around to create your bowl patterns? I haven’t tried anything beyond clamped probes yet.

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#12 posted 10-21-2016 02:56 PM

Carl Jacobson has a video on this technique:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVQmPdsdKsU

I think he actually bought a tool designed specifically for this purpose

A cool effect but seems like a lot of trouble for something I would just use a couple of times.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 10-21-2016 05:18 PM

I doubt Jacobson bought that machine, looked like a sponsored video.

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#14 posted 10-21-2016 08:55 PM

Good point.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#15 posted 10-21-2016 09:02 PM

That looks great. That’s a real one of a kind piece there.

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