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Man electrocuted to death from wood art process

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WALLA WALLA, WA (AP) - Authorities say a man in Walla Walla has died from electrocution while attempting a technique for sculpting wood.

47-year-old Robert Riggers died outside his home Thursday night.

Police spokesman Officer Tim Bennett says his death was reported early Friday.

Walla Walla County Coroner Richard Greenwood says Riggers had been attempting to create a picture frame using a process called fractal Lichtenberg wood burning.

The process involves running a strong electrical current through a block of wood soaked in salt water, causing it to burn and fracture into unusual patterns.

This current is frequently deadly if at any point the artist touches the wood or wires and completes the circuit, as Greenwood reported Riggers had.