Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. So if bowls and spindles have started to feel a bit humdrum, perhaps it’s time to load something radically different onto your lathe instead. Cindy Drozda, author of this month’s AAW feature article, suggests that the answer you’re looking for might just be banksia pods. She’ll show you how to select and use these giant dried seed cones from Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. Ranging from 3″ to more than a foot in length, the pods are riddled with holes, and turning them can produce stunning examples of ornaments, banana bowls, goblets, boxes and small vessels. Here’s a chance to spice things up and turn something special from a most unlikely source — with Cindy’s help, of course.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal
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