We use a particular type of Banksia called ‘Grandis’. It is also commonly known as Bull Banksia or Giant Banksia. This variety grows particularly large and has a very dense centre making it ideal for woodturning. The tree itself will grow to approximately 10 metres, it produces brilliant yellow flowers followed by the large seed pod. In the extreme temperatures of the Western Australian Bush the pods open up to release seeds for regermination.
The Banksia Seed pods that have expelled their seeds are ideal for us to use and these are the ones collect. Each pod is cut in to sections and put on a wood turning lathe. A chisel is then used to shave away the outside of the seed pod revealing its unique pattern. On every product you’ll find a combination of rough edge (the outside of the seed pod), holes where the seeds once were and a red velvety fur. Every single item has its own unique qualities and you will never find two the same! The products are hand sanded with up to three grades of paper, then polished with shellac and our vegetable based oil finish to enhance the natural colour.
We are highly regulated by the Western Australian Forestry, and have certain areas that we may collect the pods from. These areas are constantly changing to ensure no one area is ever depleted. We pay a royalty to the Western Australian Forestry per seed pod, which goes to aid in regeneration work. We are extremely respectful of our bushland and take only what we can use. The seed pods we collect have expelled their seeds and have completed the lifecycle of the plant. The seed pods are carefully taken from the tree to ensure no damage is done to the tree itself. We go in on foot so we don’t disturb any other plants or wildlife and no noisy machinery is used in this process. We support other Western Australian harvesters in their endeavour to regenerate other sites by harvesting some of the seeds from the pods. It is our responsibility to ensure that the landscape is undisturbed and that the Banksia trees continue to thrive in the Australian Bush!