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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 03-02-2010 01:39 AM 1842 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This banksia nut vase is built on the same principle of football, 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. Each hexagon is a frame of Queensland silky oak with 65mm dia. hole to house a side slice of banksia, and each pentagon is with 52mm dia hole to house a cross cut of the nut. The neck and the base are several segments of side slices.
The vase consumed aroud 12 nuts and, altogether, made of 220 pieces.


-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 02:39 AM

Really amazing work you do, great looking piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 02:47 AM

Another great piece. The math that goes into these just hurts my brain.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 03:03 AM

Sam, that is one excellent piece.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 03:48 AM

G’‘day Sam, Great use of the banksia nuts, amazing work.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 05:47 AM

Cool looking texture. It really adds a lot of character to the piece.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 07:34 AM

Amazing stuff you do down there!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 07:39 AM


-- When you know better you do better.

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 01:44 PM

Hi Sam, I would like to know where your inspiration came from to get you making these spheres based on the soccer ball. When I first saw your soccer ball I said “wow. how did he do that?” I intend to make a few more soccer balls perhaps in May/June. I will be attending Turnfest on the Gold Coast 26th – 28th of this month. Tell some of the members from you club to say “Hello”. I have calculated some of the measurements differently from you. I would like to know how you arrived at the angles for the undercuts on the hexagons and pentagons. It is a fantastic project and the mathematics is, well interesting to say the least. I have a cousin living in Lugarno, on the George river. Is that near you? Next time I visit her I would like to see you too. We could have a long, long
chat about spheres.
I like to experiment. I am trying to post a few photos on this site but being new to this I am having a few teething problems. A favourite saying of mine is “One good turn deserves another”. This I try to live out. So, keep on turning.

-- Frankie, Townsville Australia

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 04:34 AM

It’s great to see woodworkers leave a note of potential dangers relating to differant woods. . . . Just to add to Sam’s warning, there are needle type fibers in Banksia nuts, I have been told once breathed in it will stay in the lungs for good. Also silky oak can cause some very serious skin, respiratory and eye reactions, so take care when working it! A good test is to rub a sliver of the wood on a tender area of skin, if it turns red or itches cover up or avoid it and always use a mask and safety glasses.

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

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