Bert Pool's Bio
I was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in Nashville,
Tennessee, a country boy. My father provided the initial
interest in electronics when I was a kid, and I built my first
Tesla coil when I was thirteen. I have been building them ever
since. I spent three years learning
electronics in a technical high school, and I then went into the
electronics repair industry. I now work for one of the largest
telecommunications companies, providing computer programming and
technical support for a group of about 30 people. When I'm not
saving the phone company, or building coils, I am married to a
very wonderful and supportive woman, Leslie, and we are parents to
six rug pirahnas, one love-pig and a fish named Fernando.
I enjoy practicing Tai Chi Chuan, canoeing with my wife on quiet
rivers, and I'm a self-confessed junkyard junkie. I never accepted
Shemp as a real Stooge, and Johnnie Weismuller was the only real
My big break in coiling came in the early 90's when I learned
about Harry Goldman and the Tesla Coil Builders Association.
There were other's "of my own kind" out there! Through TCBA, I
discovered Richard Hull and started collecting his video tapes.
Richard taught me the important stuff about serious coiling, and
I've become a Hullian disciple, passing on those little tidbits
that can make the difference between a coil which is a dud and
one which whacks the walls with sparks.
I really became interested in Magnifier coils when I saw Alex
Tajnsek's "dynamite stick" magnifier run in September, 1993.
Here was a coil only 2 inches in diameter and 13 inches long
which outperformed every conventional coil that I had ever
constructed! I was hooked. I watched Richard Hull go on to build
his maggie #11-E, a 4 inch by 12 inch coil that makes sparks over
10 feet in length and it does so at a very modest power level.
My current driver system (7/97) is very closely based on
Richard's #11 driver.
My coil work today is much more interesting since I became
friends with Wild Bill Emery, also located in Fort Worth.
Together, we build and test large coils, both conventional and
magnifier. We are gathering the materials for a 28.5 inch
diameter, seven foot tall monster coil which will be constructed
sometime in '98. A 18.5 inch smaller brother is already built and is
being tweaked. Max Hempel is also located in Ft. Worth, and is
moving up the Tesla coil scale.
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