Wood Turned Banksia Mushroom Clock

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Project by Barrett posted 03-04-2011 02:15 AM 5910 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something is so appealing about the unique Banksia pod from Australia. The hard shelled pine cone like seed pod makes the most interesting creations thanks to it’s unique shape and seed cavities.

This Wood Turned Banksia Mushroom Clock is the result of some experimentation after a few bottle stoppers and various mushrooms. The composition picture shows the dried banksia pod before turning. There is also a photo of the Banksia Pod Wine Bottle Stopper created earlier. These pods fire up the imagination about what random object or material to throw on the lathe next.

Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia: “Banksia wood is reddish in color with an attractive grain but it is rarely used as it warps badly on drying. It is occasionally used for ornamental purposes in wood turning and cabinet paneling. It has also been used to make keels for small boats. Historically, the wood of certain species such as B. serrata was used for yokes and boat parts. The large “cones” or seed pods of B. grandis are used for woodturning projects. They are also sliced up and sold as drink coasters; these are generally marketed as souvenirs for international tourists. Woodturners throughout the world value Banksia pods for making ornamental objects.”

More photos on my personal site:

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 03:14 AM

Now that is cool!!!

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 04:03 AM

I really like it.

Does it come in black? (Darth Vader)

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 05:18 AM

nice job I havent turned any of these but have been told you need leather gloves and sleeves so that you dont take a beating from the flying objects seeds and what not

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 02:15 PM

i know that the cones are strange and they do use them for all the uses listed in wikipedia but the most important thing is the flowers are spectacular

here are a few

the are out in flower now and they are always beautiful

the flowers turn into the pods after they have finished flowering


PS i have taken these pictures from the net as i never remember to carry a camera

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 08:06 PM

This one cool project ! You really did well on this and I don’t think I have ever sen one like this! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 08:16 PM

I’ve seen some great stuff made from banksia pods….and this is another striking example. The clock face works great in the pod….and so does the finish….excellent job.

Great to also see the pics of the plant and flowers itself…thanks Hooky.

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