Founded in 2019, Phoenix Fractals is owned and operated out of Corpus Christi, Texas by husband and wife team Darren and Candy Starkebaum.
Fractal wood burning is a process of applying an electrically conductive solution on wood and then applying high voltage electricity through a microwave transformer using two probes. When this electricity is applied, it burns in the wood from one probe to the other. The figures that are created are commonly called Lichtenberg figures or fractal burns. These burns create a lightning like image that is burnt into the wood.
All fractal work is completed by Darren and Candy Starkebaum and select pieces are outsourced for fine art painting.
As luck would have it during a local trade show in October of 2019, World Art by Jason Juranek and Phoenix Fractals each had booths set up side-by-side.
Both tables were selling well but each saw the potential in the other.
Less than a week later a successful partnership was formed between the Phoenix Fractals and World Art by Jason Juranek.
Check out this great video with Darren Starkebaum and Jason Juranek explaining the fractal wood burning process.