In this post we will be covering some of the basics when it comes to how we go about our wood electrocution, This by no means has the intent to teach you how to do it and if you attempt it its at your own risk. And if your not interested in learning about wood electrocution and just want to see it in action then scroll to the video at the bottom!
Well start off with the safety measures we take in order to well.. not die because lets face it, when your playing with 12,000 volts its always a possibility that things could go wrong here is what we do to prevent that
As you go through the above pictures you will see four things we do to try and make this safer and ill explain what they are and what we use them for as we go along.
Well start off with the hood fan, works great for sucking the smoke away while your burning we also have a second fan built into the wall for optimal smoke removal. There is one down side to this however as if you have a heated garage like we do it the fan sucking the air out effects how the furnace draws air causing incomplete combustion and a build up of soot in your furnace, we check ours often soot build up is incredibly bad
Next up we have the dead man switch or in this case a pedal, the reason for this is if something were to happen as soon as your foot comes off the pedal everything goes dead and hopefully we do not. its my opinion that this is the most important part of this hole set up. with ours we have even gone so far as to tie in the power for the switch into a light source so were aware when the light is on the pedal is live as soon as you press down giving us one additional lawyer of safety
Linesman gloves, there thick, non conductive a huge pain to try to do things with but they make is so we can do fine detail burning on round objects like bowls and pepper mills with less risk of electric shock and death. they are extremely expensive but as far as were concerned a heck of a lot cheaper than a funeral, if your going to do it get a pair if you cant buy a pair just don’t get into this stuff
We also have a 3/4” thick rubber mat for standing on and a wood stool to sit on, again more non conductive things protecting us from being the path to ground and death. all these things combined make the hole experience safer but that doesn’t stop us from jumping when the air compressor kicks on. with safety precautions in place things can still go wrong i have to say it please don’t try this at home and if you do know its at your own risk
We have covered the safety part of things now onto the more exciting part of wood electrocution
The basics of the process we do goes as follows
Coat the area in a mixture of baking soda and water and wait 5-15 min depending on if your working with a hardwood or a soft wood, they differ in time that they take to absorb. then place your electrodes where you want to start and away you go, kind of. we feel that explaining it does not do it justice so we recorded the entire burn of the piece in the picture shrunk it down and sped it up to be an about 8 minute video its the best way we could capture a process that at the simplest of times takes around an hour on a nice flat piece. so if i haven’t lost your attention yet watch this video the music is epic!