Segmented vase/vessel using bansksia pods

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Project by Bob Collins posted 11-15-2011 10:58 AM 1435 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time back I was given a large bag of BanksiaPods, I have never turned these before and considered they were to small to do an individual project. I trimmed some on the bandsaw, down four sides making them square at the end and then running them down the centre (picture 4) some I started inlaying with colored sand, hopefully for another vase later. Had no plan what to do with them, eventually cut some into large segments and held them together by laminating them in osage orange, after four weeks I now have a vase (glass insert pic 3) or a vessel with the lid. Pooir attempt at turning the knob for the top, be glad when these messy pods are gone.

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 11-15-2011 11:34 AM

Good use and design for banksia pods. I love it.

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2011 12:05 PM

Nice one Bob..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 11-15-2011 02:05 PM

Messy huh… I have never turned one of these and from what you are telling us I may never ;) Your project looks great and I appreciate your talent!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 11-15-2011 02:53 PM

Very nice design. will the osage orange keep its yellowish colour?

-- Dave -

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#5 posted 11-15-2011 04:04 PM

bob, i think you did a great job with those messy pods. nice.

-- pat,ohio...

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#6 posted 11-15-2011 10:23 PM

You’re at it again Bob, doin something different. Never tried turning Banksia,looks a lot of mess. Does it generate any dust & is it toxic??
This all came together quite nicely, even banksia finial well done Mate :: ))

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2011 02:25 AM

Nice design and great use of the pods.

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#8 posted 11-16-2011 05:05 AM

That turned out pretty good, Bob. I know what you mean about messy. they shoot those seeds at you so you need glasses and a face shield . I turned one and that was enough. Good use of the bod material!!!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 12:15 AM

THanks for the comments. Dave, I know Osage Orange goes darker with age but not sure once it has a finish on it. Pete, dust, fluffy stuff and those damn seeds that fly off, toxic not sure but sure need a dust mask on. Bit of fun though. Chuck, if you lived closer I would give you a bucket full to try.

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

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