Using a Flamethrower… for Art?
Using a Flamethrower… for Art?

Today we are doing black
and white abstract art, using the ancient
technique of Shou Sugi Ban. Which is basically
lighting things on fire! (hard rock music) (laughing) Awe, more! (flames blowing) Oh my God! Ah, cut it! Oh my God! That’s what it does. I didn’t know it would be that big. (laughing) That’s what she– KATELYN: Science Adjacent
with Evan and Katelyn. Yeah.
Yeah. All right, so Shou Sugi Ban is a finish that you can add to wood by burning it. And it adds weather resistance and resistance to bugs by creating this kind of
protective layer on top. It also looks really cool,
which is why we’re doing it. Oh, my beautiful art. (laughing) Okay so we’re gonna Shou Sugi Ban a whole, big old piece of wood. And then the plan is to carve away parts that we want to show
the normal wood through and it should end up looking like a black and white abstract art. Or it’ll look terrible. Which is kind of the
thing about abstract art, you don’t really know
how it’s gonna turn out until you’re done. EVAN: Yeah, I like the circles. Very nice. (old piano music) KATELYN: First we’ll test a propane torch, which you can find at
your local home store. Next is MAPP Gas, which
is pretty much the same, but a little more powerful. And finally, the big handheld torch. It’s often used for
obliterating your weeds. This one is really, really, really big. All right so I think that
this propane is going to go a little bit too slow. I’m going to have to hold
it on there for too long. And I also have this
little water bottle here. You’re supposed to spray it
down after it’s all burnt so then it doesn’t keep on burning and warp and bend. I’m so excited, I’ve been
waiting for this for so long. (rock music) That’s actually like pretty good. It smells like marshmallows. Why does it smell like marshmallows? KATELYN: Pretty good level of crackle. EVAN: That’s great, that looks great. Okay maybe I was underestimating this guy. KATELYN: Yeah. Look at this too. Look at how crisp that edge is. That’s really nice. Look at how crispy that wood is. EVAN: Yeah! It’s real crispy. EVAN: This easier than I thought. Yeah this actually happened super fast. EVAN: Yes! I am a little worried
that this one’s going to be too intense now. Oh no, it’s going to be awesome. (rock music) Ah! You did go little bit faster on yours. Kind of similar end result. EVAN: Yeah. I mean, it’s cool. It’s really cool.
It’s really cool. Yeah same thing but just a
little bit faster I think. Alrighty. KATELYN: Are you ready for big boy? I’m ready for big boy! Oh my God! (rock music) Toasting it! Ah blow it out! That went fast! KATELYN: And it did the
whole thing at once. Oh my gosh it’s so hot over here. The whole thing is hot. No, the table. Well that’s what I mean, the whole table. Yeah. (laughing) Alrighty, well that was
definitely the fastest. And it’s probably the most uniform. KATELYN: Yeah it probably is
a little bit more uniform, you can see here. EVAN: It’s probably
like a deeper crisp too. KATELYN: See how my edges
aren’t quite as blackened? EVAN: I didn’t even mean to get this edge. (laughing) I think for the big one,
we have to go with this. EVAN: Yeah, yeah. But it’s good to know that you
can achieve a similar look. Yeah, with just a little torch. EVAN: With a little torch, yeah. Yeah, your head’s not been
in frame the entire time. Achoo!
Bless you! Are you ready? I’m ready. (ragtime music) What’s awesome is this is, you know the Elon Musk
Boring Company flamethrower? Isn’t it just one of these? It’s just one of these! We should make a flamethrower. I like your way of thinking. Is it raining? No the-wait. Did a bird poop on me? Oh, I think– Or is this dirty water? Okay. Okay, we should start fast. We should go, we should go. Here, start behind me because I’m going to start shooting it this way. There you go, there you go. All right. You ready? Yeah. (flames blowing) (jazz music) Ah-ha! Oh man, okay! All right, all right,
all right, all right. (snapping) Now ladies! I don’t know why I’m just going like this. (flames blowing) (jazz music) I extinguished it! Yeah, this is troublesome because I get in and then it’s out. Okay, I’ll get this time. Okay. It’s going to be great footage. (flames blowing) Yeah! Whoa! (jazz music) Oh my God, that’s a lot of fire! Woo! Woo, woo, woo! Woo woo woo! I had to stop, it was getting
out of control a little bit. Yeah, a little bit. That was fun though. It’s like crackling, do you hear it? I hear it. Aw man, I loved it when
there was like a halo of flame around it. That was insane. It was a circle! It was so good. It was good. (laughing) When I’m excited I laugh
in strange ways, okay! (laughing) (flames blowing) KATELYN: Ah, that’s so cool! Ah, ah, ah! Ah, ah! You got it, you got it! Ah! Woo! Something fiery flew at me. No, it was a leaf, I saw it hit you. Okay, okay, that’s pretty good. I think I’ll switch to
the little guys for now. (flames blowing) (jazz music) Does it pass inspection? I mean, we’d have to get
the supervisor out here. Okay, we’re going to let this cool down, dry off. EVAN: And then we are
going to stabilize it with some resin. (record scratch) KATELYN: Okay, so carrying this in, we realized something. I mean, this is a fairly common
issue with Shou Sugi Ban, the technique. Sometimes the boards warp a little bit. When you are a little too intense with the heat. Oh my God! And if you don’t spray it soon enough, and lots of other factors. Plus, this is such a wide board, made up of mini little boards. If your project doesn’t
need your final piece to be perfectly flat. But we need it to be really,
really flat for the CNC. KATELYN: I feel like
you’re threatening it. Everything was going really
well except for it cupping. We could glue a few of
these and clamp it down, and when that wood glue solidifies, then it will be nice and flat,
and these will hold it flat. Or we could try burning the other side, and then evening it out. KATELYN: Yeah, but what
if that doesn’t work? Then… Oh then we’re really in trouble. KATELYN: Yeah. So this would probably be the safer way. KATELYN: Okay. Stop threatening the wood. It’s our own doing. (crashing) (angry cat meow) You know, I was thinking man, for once, everything is going so smoothly. Nothing was going wrong. That never happens. (laughing) Don’t die please. You know what, we always find a way. I know that we always find a way. Oh, I was going to go old
school with the glue spreading. I was just going to dump it out like this. Oh that’s a lot! And then just kind of
spread it in by hand. We have brushes and rollers! Okay. Should I use one of your gloves? I didn’t come prepared, I didn’t know we were
doing it like cavemen! Why are you doing-that’s so much glue! I don’t want people to say that we’re not using enough glue. I don’t think anyone’s going to say that. This is so bad, and your
glove is so big on me. It’s just taking the glove off my hand! (laughing) I’m already done. Look at that, a whole big board, glued up, perfectly, perfect levels, in no time flat. (coughing) Take a deep breath. You okay? Yeah. Okay, let’s keep going. Oh! All right, let’s get this glue up going. Oh, be careful! It looks flat, it looks great. It looks pretty flat. EVAN: Aw yeah, that’s flat. KATELYN: That’s so much nicer. Even there too. All right, so I’m 90 percent
sure that this is good to go. Yes! All right so, we probably
could just slap this down on the CNC and get carving, but just in case, I want to strengthen everything
with penetrating epoxy. Now this will work its way into the wood, and strengthen it so that
we don’t get any chip out or flakes and lose any of
this beautiful detail in those crackly bits. KATELYN: Okay, let’s do it. (laughing) Ah! Perfect. Just like I planned. KATELYN: Are you 90 percent sure? 90 percent sure. KATELYN: Part two! Is that going to be enough? I think so. I’m kind of worried this big old brush, I’m just going to stick it in there, and all of it’s just going
to absorb into the brush. KATELYN: You’re just going
to penetrate the brush! It’s called penetrating epoxy! Not that type of channel! All right ready?
Ready? Yeah. (electronic swing music) Ooh. Makes it look even richer. KATELYN: It kind of evens
out those lighter spots. Look at that. Yeah. Super thirsty. Obviously, because I burned it. It’s getting a little bit fumy. (electronic swing music) So glorious! Okay so we thought that while that dried, it would be a great time to
do the art for this piece. And we were thinking abstract art. Like something mature people
would hang up in their house, like modern or minimalist. And it started kind of boring and generic, then I started experimenting
with some weirder stuff, which sounds weird. But I still wasn’t feeling it, then I just decided to
draw our supervisor looking through her catio, and
I noticed she kind of looked like she was in a spacesuit, so I just went with it and
now we have a cat in space. And I love her. All right, I think it’s ready, there’s no more charcoal coming off. I am so excited to see
Katelyn’s design come to life. And what better way to do that, than with a CNC? It’s so futuristic and space like! KATELYN: Yeah, and we’re just going to carve a really, really thin layer. So it should be relatively fast too. Relatively. (electronic music) (machine whirring) First star is done! KATELYN: Yeah! (record scratch) What’s up? It’s never a good thing
when you call mid-CNC run. I think I messed up. KATELYN: What the heck? EVAN: I moved one of
the lines incorrectly or something like that. KATELYN: Oh no, did it start
carving through her face? It carved a little bit through her face. Just a little bit! Just a little bit. I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’ll fix it. Poor Jooba! You know it’s abstract art. EVAN: It’s abstract! That line represents
the line straight from my cat to my soul. (scary music) EVAN: And we can fix it, look at this, look at this. And just move it back down here. That’s where it’s supposed to be. KATELYN: You got to line
it up with the other lines. Let us try that again. (electronic swing music) All right, I had probably a bad idea, but it could be funny. I think I’m going to try to prank Katelyn. I’m not good at pranks. Wish me luck. Hey Katelyn, something messed up out here. Surprise, it’s perfect! (laughing) You’re evil!
Pranked! You’re evil! EVAN: Was it funny? Well, I mean no. It looks really good. EVAN: It looks really good. She has an evil eye, one
of her eyes is in a knot. Yeah, well she’s an evil
supurrvisor, overlord. EVAN: Okay, so I had a good idea. What if we finish all
of the outside in gloss, but finish her in matte? So she’ll stand out, so the
space will stand out as space, and she’ll be a little floating astronaut. I don’t know, I kind of like it matte. EVAN: Kind of like the whole thing matte? Yeah. I thought my space idea was pretty cool. Are you ready? EVAN: Yeah, sorry. Can’t trust you anymore. (laughing) So because that penetrating
epoxy is glossy, and it only soaked in all
the way in some places, we’re going to add a matte varnish on top, because I think that would look nicer. (quirky music) Hey guys, well we really
liked how it turned out, but now it’s time to see
if the ultimate critic, supurrvisor, and muse of
our art approves of it. Joobie, what do you think? She rejected it. I think she’s rejecting me. Oh, okay.
She’s done with you! We liked this piece of art so much, we want to wear it on
our bodies all the time. No, we’re not getting tattoos, something a little less extreme, we ordered shirts. We made shirts of these. Yeah, and if you guys want
some too we have them at And then we can all be space cat twins. Okay thanks, bye! [Evan and Katelyn] And
now, a quick preview of our gaming channel. Don’t look at me! EVAN: You need to clear this place, you need to clear a space here. Clear a space, clear a space, clear a space! I like that you still
actually don’t have pants. What the? Look at that, look at that! Oh, so fancy! You look adorb! We got a Miley Cyrus this thing. I came in like a wrecking ball! (laughing)

100 thoughts on “Using a Flamethrower… for Art?”

  1. EvanAndKatelyn says:

    All gaze upon the mighty sUpUrRvIsOr iN sPaCe 🌌😺☄️ We loved her so much we made t-shirts to place upon your bodies:

    Also, we're at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend so if you're there, come say hi! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

  2. Patricia Meredith says:

    Thought you were supposed to wire brush after you burn it???

  3. Guiturtle Wood says:

    Sciencey robes made this 472% more legitimatenesser

  4. Harlie Wood says:

    Sooooooooo cool

  5. Melody LYU says:

    My fav video from you guys!

  6. Tron 4556 says:

    Evan, you used to much glue.

  7. Aaryaman Mummadavarapu says:

    Goes full on pyromaniac

  8. Iman Yaraghi says:

    00:28 thank me later

  9. YI JIAOYUN says:


  10. Christiana Rowan says:

    Katelyn has the same sneeze as me.

  11. Manasa Nandigama says:

    Evan trying to convince Katelyn he can fix it makes me laugh all the time.

  12. Ginny The Bunny says:

    Do a house tour

  13. jennie riffel says:

    You two are so stinking cute! 😍 love your content

  14. Ty Grenier says:

    As an artist, I approve of the cutsie space-cat overlord drawing. Good job Katelyn!

  15. Ashton Smith says:

    It would be really cool is y’all did like a table top and cut out one of the “impossible shapes” but after carving it out dyed the wood in different colors

  16. Dennis_the_Menace SoonerLife says:

    That’s a new product called “Very hot wood (not just wood) stain”.

  17. Ryker Galagun says:

    5:03 took me really by surprise. I’m crying

  18. duhnebs says:

    But… isn't that just a blowtorch? Like, a flame thrower "throws" a burning liquid, which is why they have such far ranges…

  19. incurser says:

    I think it would have looked nicer if you had used a finish that mades the lines brighter to add a teensey bit more contrast, or even white paint(Although that seems a bit much). Still though, it. Is. AWESOME!! I love cats so much and this is adorable

  20. The Best Cheese Pizza says:

    When ur mom doesn’t let you take your fat dog on a walk 1:28

  21. Huub says:

    0:09 I'm surprised how Evan didn't light Katelyn's hair on fire lol

    Edit: I am just a regular commenter and you to still respond like you have to much time on ur hands

  22. Huub says:

    Any normal thing: exists


  23. Huub says:


  24. jasonplayZ says:

    Every time I tap on your videos it says INCLUDES PAID PROMOTION lol

  25. Mya Slobodian says:

    You should fill in the engraved spots with resin on a future project

  26. Kae Klith says:

    Is Evan an aries by any chance? Lmfao

  27. Gacha life is My life says:

    Hit and run 7:05

  28. an0ThërP0tHëAd Boiii says:

    That’s what She- (cuts off) xDD IM DEADDD XDD😂 this is why I subbed

  29. Corbin Brier says:

    I think my favorite Shou-sugi-ban I've seen was when someone did it to a big wooden bar that they put in their house. It looked beautiful and I'm sure it had that amazing smokey smell.

  30. Pug Pops! says:


  31. sergio Animations says:

    "ThAT's WhAt ShE sAiD"

  32. sergio Animations says:

    Proof that he is a pyro 😂

  33. Kriya Naidu says:

    Do fixing things with ramen! 🙂

  34. Galaxy Cat says:

    Katelyn cute sneeze warmed my heart 🥰 3:38

  35. The YouTuber that has a long gargantuasly big name says:

    Katelyn: no one is gonna say you didn’t use enough glue
    Me:………………………………………………………….😌he didn’t use enough glue.

  36. NotJamix says:

    When you hear that what she- and your brain auto fills it to that’s what she said

  37. Thomas Trégaro says:

    I see flamethrower so i clic.

  38. Rosita C says:

    0:16 Me when I set up a fire in winter 🤣

  39. Random PC Test says:

    such a cute couple XD

  40. Gingie says:

    That is not a very large tiger torch. They make even larger ones.

  41. Radz says:

    Pause at 7:51 and just stare at it

  42. CchewW says:

    you are the cutest couple on the planet

  43. Avery ARMY, EXO-L, Carat etc says:

    Evan's chaotic energy in this video is so big it made my chaotic energy happy 😂

  44. Michael Parzynski says:

    Supurrvisor is awesome. Heading over for a shirt now.

  45. Ray S says:

    I can’t stop watching these videos ,they’re so satisfying

  46. Bo Gao says:

    Is that Evan, or Luke from LTT?

  47. Mia & says:

    Your not using enough glue 😎

  48. Curtis Densmore says:

    You two are too spastic to play with fire.

  49. Nillie says:

    The Supurrvisor is following in Felicette's pawsteps.

  50. Kaio Almeida says:


  51. Anna Selintung says:

    I don't think you used enough glue

  52. ZoShow says:

    0:20 Me. That’s why I don’t have access to flamethrowers.

  53. Heidi Baltom says:

    Katelyn – i feel like its going to penetrate the brush
    Evan – its not that kind of channel.
    At the begining of the video
    Katelyn – i didnt realise it would be that big
    Evan – thats what she sa…
    Also in another video jokes about Uranus being easy. Hmmm i think you are turning into that kind of channel. Not that im complaining its so funny when innuendos are innocently made.

  54. Kenna Greer says:

    "did a bird poop on me"

    a couple minute later…
    Flaps arm like a bird

  55. Haider says:

    i don’t know why but you two together are just so WHOLESOME AAAA IT’S TOO CUTEEE

  56. Airplane Food says:

    Even and Katelyn, Great show!!! notice you have a excess of stuff and deficit of space. 

    For you next show / series you should build a 10' x 12' shed in your back yard. This will help with space and provide you with a series.

  57. Alaknanda Rai says:

    Where did you get your carvy

  58. Graphite says:

    You put eyes on everything lol 😂

  59. Kristen Smith says:

    do your neighbors ever worry for you guys XD

  60. me me says:

    Not using enough glue v.v

  61. Careless Gacha Studio says:

    Who gave even a flame thrower?

  62. alfred zex says:

    kinda fun watching you two….. keep it up….

  63. crAzy4gAming says:


  64. Riley Ann says:

    Where do you guys get your music for your videos from???

  65. Kawii Bro says:


  66. ViolentVixen says:

    I was really really hoping they would fill the now etched lines with a clear resin that was black light reactive/glow in the dark. It would have been cool

  67. Cole Robison says:

    I love how when he accidentally moved the line a bit Katelyn made it into something positive! You guys are such a good couple😂

  68. des j says:

    u guys deserve a million subscribers

  69. felixmx3 says:

    cracking up at my desk! Awesome!

  70. sara moreira says:

    7:40–7:43 omg Even's inner child 😂

  71. Kate Jardine says:

    7:44 Please stop.

  72. The Awsome Ainsley Midgley says:

    Evan is a pyromaniac

  73. Animal_Gal _Adventures says:

    5:03 Woop woop woop woop woop woop woop! ( got to love Futurama references)

  74. Betta vlogs says:

    I think you missed a spot with the glueing

  75. Cloe Marcotte says:

    A layer of resin to fill the engraving and gloss the hole thing would be cool

  76. Je suis Vee says:

    I’d love to be their neighbors 😂

  77. Lizzy Hill says:

    I clicked on the video because i wanted to see Katelyn save Evan's butt again.

  78. Jailyn Lopez says:


  79. Amanda Erdbrink says:

    your cat looks just like my Jack!!

  80. kay ferguell says:


    Evan: That's what she- ONTO THE INTRO!

  81. Angela Ricks says:

    I want a t-shirt "supervisor in space"! I love the design so much!

  82. Tate Brown says:

    Quote from The Office “the fires shooting at us!!!” Reminded me of the moment when Katelyn felt something hit her

  83. Manasa Nandigama says:

    But….everything is nice with a thicc glossy taco.

  84. Lexus Thomas says:

    Dr Zoidberg was my favorite part

  85. AddictedTo Glass says:

    As a glassblower, I want to recommend lampworking to you both (flameworking or also known as glassblowing but with a torch) so you can make well glass stuff but I also fear that the pyromaniac in Evan might start the house on fire haha.

  86. Rebecka Karlsson says:

    What is that kind of 1940's remix song that's playing while Evan is adding epoxy!!?? I looooove it!! 😲Plz does anyone know!?

  87. LT lion 2 says:

    This video was one of my favorites I loved every thing about this video it was so interesting

  88. Raveing Alienz says:

    10/10 could've filled the carved part with glow in the dark resin!!

  89. Spydr331 says:

    dont ever play with fire ever again

  90. Sachi Love says:

    Katelyn sneezes: only wakes a sleeping butterfly

    Me sneezing: shakes the whole earth and sees every animal in a 50 mile radius dissapear

  91. Alex Val says:

    is no one gonna mentions katelyns artistic talent here?

  92. K P says:

    Instead of a marshmallow shouldn't it smell like a campfire?

  93. eswims319 says:

    They should make a merch hoodie that says 90% sure

  94. Dora Vdović says:

    No one:
    Evan & Katelyn: this needs epoxy

  95. Mi Ca says:

    i wander if they used it to block print, would the torched wood details show up? that would look cool.

  96. Sleepy Kat says:

    Parts of it look like greyscale from game of thrones

  97. Kitcat Huff says:

    Evan: “that’s what she-“

  98. Miah A Silver says:

    Am i the only one who thinks this looks better than the end result?

  99. Half Moon4474 says:

    At 3:52 I love how you can see Evan fall in love all over again right at that moment ❤️ You guys are my favorite couple on YouTube by far. We can tell how much you love each other in every video you make ☺️

  100. Yulia Bobkova says:

    Tbh this is probably my least favourite one of your projects like the design looks like it took 4 minutes to design and the wood looks un satisfyingly uneven

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