The bizarre looking Banksia nut derives from the Banksia Tree, a native of South West Western Australia. The nut is has been used by wood turners to create many different objects, from candle stick holders and coasters to ornaments and vases. One of our handmade walking stick suppliers thought to use it for walking stick handles as the turned nut with all of it’s holes fells nice to grip.
He was correct! We have some in stock here, Banksia Nut Walking Sticks, and will have some more made for Christmas.
The holes in the nut house the seeds which are removed when turned on a lathe. The nut is very hard so it is easy to work with and if you do a quick Google search you can see the results that can be achieved.
The nut from the tree Banksia Grandis is the best because of its size, growing to between six and 8 inches in length. There are about 70 species of Banksia Tree but the Banksia Grandis only produces the nuts most valued by wood turners the world over. And as our stick maker duly noted, they are just the right size to fit comfortably in the hand on a hiking stick or knobstick.
Care must be taken when working with a Banksia nut as the nut is filled with fine, itchy hairs and lots of seeds. As the nut is turned, these fly out all over the place, so the turner has to wear goggles and a mask.