Photo Gallery

for the

Turning a Banksia Nut Competition

 

July 2018

 

 

 Wight Woodturners’ third Competition of the year was indeed another challenge. This was to turn a Banksia Nut into an objet d’art or even something useful! For those not familiar with these nuts, or more correctly, seed pods, they originate from Australia where there are many varieties to be found. Specimens of Banksia were first collected and named in the 1770s by Joseph Banks, the botanist on Captain Cook’s Endeavour, during his first voyage into the Pacific Ocean. (So, nothing to do with the well-known graffiti artist then!)

 

The variety of the pods the Club obtained were probably from the Giant Banksia which produces pods up to 250mm long. Turning these can be a bit of a challenge. They are not easy to hold in the lathe, they can be quite brittle in parts, sections can be fibrous and they produce a lot of unpleasant dust when turned. When spinning at high speed seeds may be liberated from their pockets like bullets. There is a picture of the “nut” in its natural state below.

 

Never-the-less, twelve brave members rose to the challenge and produced an amazing array of different turnings. Because of the poor stability of the natural nut, members were allowed to add a small amount of wood or other material if they wished. You can see from the Gallery pictures how innovative our members can be! It was very interesting to see the two examples where longitudinal sections were cut from the nut as this shows off quite different features.

 

There were 13 entries in all, encouraging for a difficult competition held in mid-Summer. Many thanks to Roy, our Competition Master, for determining the winners from the members votes. The results for this competition can be found here and the rankings for the year are here.

 

 

 

 

A Typical Banksia Seed Pod

 

     
       

 

 

Banksia Nut

BEGINNERS

CLASS

 

 

 

1st Prize

 

Stuart Brett

 

 

 

                          

 

2nd Prize

David Mitchell

 

         

 

Banksia Nut

INTERMEDIATE

CLASS

 

 

 

 

1st Prize

 

David Ives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Prize

Derek Toms

 

 

 

3rd Prize

Simon Broadhead

 

         

 

 

 

Banksia Nut

Expert

Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Prize

 

Mike Graves

 

 

 

2nd Prize

Roy Groves

 

 

 

3rd Prize

Paul French

 

         

In addition to our Class Prize winners all the remainder of our inovative entries are
displayed below but in no specific Class or order

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to all our members who took part in the competition and those who described their
entry after the prize giving.

 

 

Peter Smart   31st July 2018

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