Lightning Strikes for Iowa City Carpenter creating Fractal Art

Iowa City Carpenter Tim Schuett uses electricity and damp wood to create amazing works of art. Like snowflakes, no two are ever the same

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) - Hobbies don't always develop into jobs, but an Iowa City carpenter is finding success with just wood and electricity, making art that stands apart from anything else in the corridor.

Tim Schuett never expected to emerge as a local entrepreneur, but now he's operating his own business, taking his skills in carpentry, combined with a lot of electricity, to make Fractal Art. Fractal burning creates a " struck by lightning" effect by running a strong current of electricity through dampened wood.

Schuett uses a high voltage transformer carrying about 2,500 volts. It's dangerous work, but Schuett simply says he's always extremely cautious. The results are both unique and rewarding, " Working with wood has always been a passion of mine. At the end of the day, to just be able to stand back and say I did that and now it's more of an artsy form where I can put part of myself into it."

Schuett's woodworking art ranges from large furniture pieces to small coasters. To look at more of his creations click here.

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