Fractal wood burning bowls on display in the Holland Bowl Mill showroom.

What Is Fractal Wood Burning?

Like snowflakes, no two wooden bowls are alike. Each one is expertly crafted from a variety of different trees, and even trees of the same type will display unique patterns. Still, there are some added touches made to our wooden bowls that help set them apart even further.

Holland Bowl Mill is excited to display a new addition to our showroom, fractal wood burning bowls. These bowls incorporate electricity to create unique patterns called fractals, which are curves or geometric figures with similar patterns that repeat on a progressively smaller scale.

The process of fractal wood burning involves applying an electrically conductive solution on wood and then applying high voltage electricity through a transformer using two probes. With this electricity, woon burns from one probe to the other. The figures that are created are fractal burns.

These specific fractal burns are called Lichtenberg figures, which refer to the branching electric discharge that looks like branching, tree-like patterns, or similar to a lightning strike.

Designed by artist Mike Wonser, these fractal designs are made by applying 12,500 volts to the wooden bowl. Wasner has also applied fractal designs to other wooden pieces, such as boxes and bottle openers. Holland Bowl Mill is proud to partner with Wasner to include our products in his offerings.

If you are interested in other unique touches to our wooden bowls, then you should check out our torched Red Oak bowls. The “torching” adds a rustic feel that is undeniably beautiful. We also keep the outside rough to get the rustic feel.

Holland Bowl Mill has been creating great, one-of-a-kind products for nearly a century, but we still strive to offer new designs and fresh features. If you don’t see what you are looking for on our website, stop by our showroom at 120 James Street in Holland to see all of our products. 

Every product from Holland Bowl Mill will look amazing and last a lifetime, no matter where or how you use it. Come see us in person, or call us at (616) 396-6513 to place your order.