|Project by unrested001||posted 06-21-2012 03:14 AM||3344 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
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