Banksia Pod Vessel

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Project by plantek posted 07-21-2012 03:12 PM 2622 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nature never ceases to amaze me.
Even in it’s untouched form I find these pods beautiful.
This is the first Banksia pod I have turned but I plan to turn many more.
I got the idea from watching Woodturners Work shop w/Tim Yoder (Great show).
The tenon of the rim is a piece of Cherry. The base and finial ares Bacote.
I used a finish of 1 prt BLO – 1prt Shellac – 1prt Denatured Alcohol.
Very fun project.

Thanks for looking.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#1 posted 07-21-2012 08:48 PM

I’ve seen these pods before in the natural state and finished. They make great projects. Your’s is very good.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 08:51 AM

It’s really nice; I like the contrasting wood. Was it hard to hollow?

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 03:06 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.
Doe: I found the pod to be hard but brittle material. With that, I hollowed a lot slower then I would with say Maple or Oak.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 12:17 AM

That is a cool way to display a turned banksia pod. At first when I saw it, I thought it was an old microphone!
That is a neat Idea to laminate in another contrasting wood like that. Good going!! Cheers…........Jim

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

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