Unique pen material


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This is an art deco Gatsby pen that was turned with a new and interesting material.  Banksia Pod.  The Banksia is a tree in the Austrailian bush that vital part of the foodchain and ecosystem.  The pod is the seed pod that remains after the flowers have bloomed.

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As you can see this is a very large seed.  Measures typically 6 – 8 inches long.  Because the seed pod is filled with large holes and it is relatively fragile, different techniques are used to stabilize it so that it is useable.  In this case, the pod was cast in acrylic resin that was mixed with a blue dye.

It was very challenging to turn but I am happy with the end result.  It made a stunning pen.

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