RARE Banksia Pod with Blue Alumilite Acrylic Broadwell Nouveau Sceptre Fountain Pen
Handmade. Includes elegant bamboo and glass case with black velvet lining.
All exposed accent rings, bands and caps include elegant custom casted 3 dimensional Art Nouveau designs. Components are cast, polished and plated with a durable 2 micron 22kt gold plate and Rhodium. It includes an elegant medium Schmidt Gold and Iridium nib plus a premium ink pump and ink cartridge.
Banksia pods originate from southwestern Australia. They grow on trees from the Banksia genus. However, of the many Banksia species, typically only the pods from the Bull Banksia (Banksia grandis) are large enough and solid enough to be used for woodturning applications. These pods are commonly compared to pine cones; although Banksia trees are not conifers and aren’t related to pine trees (Pinus genus), the seed pod itself is considered the fruit of the tree.
In woodworking applications, banksia pods range in size from 4″ to over 12″ long, with a diameter ranging from 2.5″ to 5″ wide. Just under the exterior of the pod, there is an area of reddish brown fuzz-like material. Further toward the center is the denser, wood-like core. The seed cavities can reach well over halfway into the pod, giving turned projects a very unique appearance and texture. Some woodturners fill these voids with resin or other colored inlay materials, while others choose to showcase the openings as a prominent design feature. Here, this piece of Banksia Pod Tree is filled with Blue Alumilite Resin.