Banksia Pod Spheres

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MartinPens

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I've been having fun turning spheres. I have a jig but I don't use it. I started by watching Soren Berger on Youtube. I couldn't find his sphere calipers anywhere. But thankfully I found a tutorial by D.J. Gooding published in 2016 which takes the elements present in the sphere calipers and puts it into a graph. ( D.J. Gooding Sphere Graph ) It's really a great method. Soren Berger has a video on Youtube that visually shows the process. (Soren Berger Sphere Turning ) The Banksia pods are a mess to turn (wear a respirator) but they're a lot of fun. I'm officially a sphere nerd!
 

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Charlie_W

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Great job on the spheres! Welcome to the club!!
The Banksia pod spheres are definitely an eye catcher.
Edit....Also super choice on background đź‘Ť
 

robutacion

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Way cool, it reminds me of when I got the "bug" for turning wooden eggs, I created a "simple" jig that makes the job a breeze and there is no wasted wood around the shop, I have since stopped making them and has been years since I have done one even though the wife has a couple of wooden bowls full of wooden eggs made with all sorts of woods, colours and grains show well in these type of pieces.

Cheers
George
 

Dieseldoc

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Got inspired from my friend Martin and his sphere's, so found piece of junk wood which was construction grade fir and whipped out this sphere.
As I was turning found a hard spot on the tools, inspection resulted a nail just below the knot.IMG_1163.jpg
 
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Got inspired from my friend Martin and his sphere's, so found piece of junk wood which was construction grade fir and whipped out this sphere.
As I was turning found a hard spot on the tools, inspection resulted a nail just below the knot.View attachment 220234
OUCH!!! That had to be hard on your tools. I found a bullet not long ago when I was resawing some wood. I thought that was pretty cool.
 
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