Banksia Pod Bowl

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Project by lizardhead posted 03-04-2011 09:28 PM 3781 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project #101—-I have seen lots of Banksia Pods that were turned and filled with epoxy like the one I did in the 6th picture above, but I had never seen anyone do a segmented bowl using the Banksia Pod, so I thought I would give it a shake. You know I think I outdid myself here. have any of you seen this done before?

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 10:07 PM

always great to see someone trying something new, turned out nice

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 11:09 PM

Beautiful bowl and it looks totally original to me. Well done on the design and the wonderful result. I think I have one of those nuts laying around somewhere in my shop. This could be good inspiration, but I won’t copy your unique bowl.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 12:23 AM

Nice colors!

succes with your next project!

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#4 posted 03-05-2011 12:24 AM

Beautiful! Great looking color combination.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 03-05-2011 02:58 AM

i like this bowl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a lot
how did you join this all together??????
please explain !!!!!!!!!!!


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-05-2011 03:37 AM

Definately something new!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 03-05-2011 04:16 AM

The Banksia segments are backed with Walnut, the grain I turned vertical to further enhance the inside. I first laid all the Banksia segments on a strip of walnut then ripped the two at a 15 degree rip so I would have a true side to work with then I centered the core of the Banksia by marking a tig on the bandsaw, then cut all pieces equal, The Wenge rings were glued directly to the main segmented rings.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#8 posted 03-05-2011 12:02 PM

Way to cool guy. I really like this. I have been thinking what to do with the one that I have. Great inspreation..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 03-05-2011 02:49 PM

Nope…never seen it done before. Great to see something a little different; and gives me ideas…...

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 04:49 PM

I ‘spose next you will be ‘joining’ the “end grain” cutting board club on LJs? Nice idea… I like the ‘sunburst’ effect on some of the segments.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 04:52 PM

I am certainly not a banksia pod expert, but I did do a fairly extensive internet search, including through Google Images several weeks ago, trying to get ideas for a banksia pod dish/bowl. Although there may be something else out there similar to this, I certainly didn’t come across it.

Nice originality here! I may have to borrow the idea of using it as an inlay material for something. What that something might be, I have no idea, but now you’ve gotten me to thinking. Thanks for the creative nudge!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 03-06-2011 02:49 PM

Hi Lizard. I’ve been around segmenting for ages, and have never seen the pods used this way. I have seen lots of banksia hollowforms, goblets, etc. But never as you have used it. Great thinking.

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#13 posted 03-06-2011 04:56 PM

WOW! Lots of nice pats on the back——it’s what we live for—-right?

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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