Re: alternative static spark gaps???

I was out on a mine site today, and had to get some gouging done, and had a

For those that don't know, Gouging is the electric welder version of oxy
cutting, using hollow carbon rods instead of steel rods. (It is also
extremely loud!)

Would a setup like the old arc-lamps (self adjusting spark-gap with
sacrificial electrodes) using these rods be of too high a resistance for
coil use?