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Banksia Nut Candle Holders This traditional turned candlestick project has a bit of a twist.Instead of starting with a block of wood, the material I selected is a 'Banksia nut' seed pod.Many species of Banksia nuts grow in Australia, often producing cones that are large enough for turning.
These are called 'Banksia Grandees' and are named after Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, who sailed with Captain Cook on the 'Endeavour' in 1768.These particularly large seed pods have a very limited range in Western Australia.
They usually grow on an underbrush tree in Jarra forests and can take several years to mature.While they are quite easy to turn, they are a little dusty.When you turn these pods, instead of producing shavings you'll get a pile of a 'felt-like' substance.
For these candlesticks, very little turning is actually done.The majority of the natural pod is left untouched, to evoke curiosity in the viewer.I turned a pair, and because the pods are naturally shaped, each one is a little different.
You'll notice that I turned wooden bases for the Banksia nut to stand on.I did that for two reasons: 1) the width of the natural base of the pod was not...