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I decided to give some tissue boxes to the relatives for Christmas.
I made these out of different woods and decorated them with with the Lichtenburg patterns.
There will be a second thread on the next batch soon.

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I know we've had videos posted of making Lichtenburg patterns Herb but can you go into some detail about how you went about it?

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Really nice Herb.
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Nice, very nice.
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I know we've had videos posted of making Lichtenburg patterns Herb but can you go into some detail about how you went about it?
Chuck, I got the wood burner from this outfit: Conestoga Works - Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burners

And here is a link showing how to use it:
Fractal Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burning with Electricity

My experience as the first time I have done this is still mixed. It is not what I call woodworking,although it is called wood burning.
There are many safety concerns that have to be met,as explained in the instructions.
First you soak the surface good with a soda /water solution as a electrolyte.
Basically it amounts to holding 2 probes one at one end of the board and the other at the other end. Then stepping on the switch to start the process it is kind of interesting. It does what it wants and when the 2 paths on the wood meet somewhere on the board the process is done.
You can control the paths of the burn somewhat by moving the probes around to different locations.
All woods do not burn equally and some are faster than others
When you have achieved the pattern you want you step off the pedal switch.
If you position the probes too close together they will arc and cause an ugly burn on the wood. 12,000v. will jump 2".

When you are done it will look like a disaster,ugly in my estimation. The combination of the electrolyte solution and burning turns all the wood nasty looking.
I sanded all of mine down to the original color, but in doing so lost the fine fir needle look of the pattern and it gave more of a bare branch -root look. Here are some pictures.
One thing that will turn off a lot of people is the smell. it stinks and your clothes and hair smell like it when you are done. Your shop will stink too it took a week for my shop to return to normal. Maybe it is best done outside.
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That's a very interesting technique, nice job Herb.
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Thanks, Herb. Really nice results. It's worth turning you onto a stinker!!
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Very nice work, Herb. Interesting technique and results.
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That's a very interesting technique, nice job Herb.
... and nice, also. I spent a long time looking at several videos.

Thanks for sharing, Herb.

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I forgot to mention that I used non conducting clamps. It is best not to use metal clamps to clamp the work down,for unknown reasons.
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