|Project by Barrett||posted 03-04-2011 02:15 AM||3482 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
Something is so appealing about the unique Banksia pod from Australia. The hard shelled pine cone like seed pod makes the most interesting creations thanks to it’s unique shape and seed cavities.
This Wood Turned Banksia Mushroom Clock is the result of some experimentation after a few bottle stoppers and various mushrooms. The composition picture shows the dried banksia pod before turning. There is also a photo of the Banksia Pod Wine Bottle Stopper created earlier. These pods fire up the imagination about what random object or material to throw on the lathe next.
Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia: “Banksia wood is reddish in color with an attractive grain but it is rarely used as it warps badly on drying. It is occasionally used for ornamental purposes in wood turning and cabinet paneling. It has also been used to make keels for small boats. Historically, the wood of certain species such as B. serrata was used for yokes and boat parts. The large “cones” or seed pods of B. grandis are used for woodturning projects. They are also sliced up and sold as drink coasters; these are generally marketed as souvenirs for international tourists. Woodturners throughout the world value Banksia pods for making ornamental objects.”
More photos on my personal site: http://www.M1C2.com