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Project by unrested001 posted 762 days ago 2097 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a banksia pod I turned for my dad for fathers day. I sanded the turned pod and applied a simple tung oil finish. ” These pods are the fruit of the banksia tree in Australia. They vary in size with seed pockets running out from a solid center. They turn well and can be used to make interesting projects. They can be cut into slabs for very stunning effects. These pods can create a lot of dust when turned, so good ventilation and adequate dust protection are essential. Also, the pods can be quite hard, so sharp tools should be used to work with them.

Popular for making handles, clock bases, and dried flower vases
Pods are hard and solid
Seed pod cavities running from the outside toward the center core
Woodturners throughout the world value Banksia pods for making ornamental objects
A truly renewable resource, since no trees are cut ” ( From Woodcraft’s page ).

I enjoyed working the banksia pod and I’m going to get some more shipped soon. ( Approx. $10 + S&H )

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ





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mmh

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#1 posted 762 days ago

Very cool piece! I have used a few for cane handles. They are quite strong and very lightweight. I have also filled the holes with gem like fillers. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/35073. The banksia pod is really quite unique.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 762 days ago

Very nice. Very unique. Well done.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 762 days ago

This looks like an interesting material to work. You did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck
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#4 posted 761 days ago

Thats some good stuff!

-- Chris G. ; Los Angeles, CA

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Ruaidhri

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#5 posted 761 days ago

Nice work!

Good idea to poke out all the seeds with an awl before hitting the speed – it can be like being machine-gunned :-)

Also interesting to melt pewter (or coloured resins) into the holes before final turning. You can get some interesting effects?!

Cheers,
RuaidhrĂ­

-- RuaidhrĂ­, Dublin, Ireland

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unrested001

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#6 posted 759 days ago

Thank you, and I like the idea of using fillers. I will have to try that out.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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