Fractal Burned Wooden Flames

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-27-2019 04:16 AM 1068 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Harbor Freight lathe is down with another broken pulley so I decided to try to make two flame shapes and burn them to see how they look. The one on the left is mesquite and the one on the right is pecan wood. I burned them with the fractal burner on all 4 sides and then filled the deep crevices with turquoise powder inlay.

They are 2 1/4” square and 6 1/2” high and finishes with Danish oil so far. I’ll buff them when I get back to Michigan if I don’t sell them on Saturday.

I added some process shots to show how they were cut but I don’t have any photos of the burning.

They are sold!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 02-27-2019 05:30 AM

Nice burned pieces. You are really becoming professional at ├Čt

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 02-27-2019 05:35 AM

Very nice Jim.
That sure looks like fun and I hope you sell them.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 02-27-2019 05:57 AM

Beautiful work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 02-27-2019 06:23 AM

That is one realy different and unique project. So cool idea… look prety realistic those flames

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-27-2019 11:24 AM

Jim, I see the work involved and it’s impressive but I guess my “art” mentality just doesn’t get it.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 02-27-2019 11:49 AM

Great work on these Jim. They are really cool.

I’m not a safety nut and I usually don’t stick my nose into others work, but I just read an article that the American Association of Woodturners among several other woodworking organizations have banned all fractal projects from their exhibitions and symposiums due to the danger of this process. Here is a link to the article

They said that there have been 12 recorded deaths from this process in 2018 and several of them were very experienced with the process and one of them was even an electrician. They said that while these were the only deaths brought to their attention, there are probably many others that weren’t recorded as deaths related to the fractal process.

My one and only reason for writing this is out of concern for your safety and others who might want to try this out. I’m not saying they shouldn’t do it, especially as there are plenty of people who risk their lives every day doing dangerous sports and other activities, but it’s always good to be aware of potential hazards, especially deadly ones. I hope your are not offended by my commenting on it here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-27-2019 12:58 PM

Nice work Jim! When I look at them I could see doing this for the band sawn bud vases I’ve seen, too. Mentioning the craft show made me think of those vases too, as I’ve thought those would be good sellers. Anyway, I hope these sell quickly for you and they look great, the burning turned out good and I like the inlay! I still have my pieces here sitting in my windowsill so I get to enjoy them and wait for just that right reason to use them! :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 02-27-2019 02:04 PM

Very cool Jim! You always surprise us with something new!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 02-27-2019 02:14 PM

Pretty Neat!

Hope the lathe problem gets resolved quickly!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 02-27-2019 02:21 PM

They look cool Jim. Could make a good set of bookends too. What do you think of some red or yellow stone inlay to look more like fire.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 02-27-2019 02:46 PM

Cool looking shapes.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 02-27-2019 04:37 PM

Those could be incorporated into a lot of different projects, really nice!

(careful where you sit 8^)

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#13 posted 02-27-2019 08:39 PM


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#14 posted 02-28-2019 12:07 AM

COOL HOT hats!!

... Ancient KKK hats?! :)

Very nice!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#15 posted 02-28-2019 03:44 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Jim! Thanks for Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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