Banksia Seed Pods are, like all things Australian, are murderously endowed. (Seriously, everything in Australia is deadly.) If you were to imagine the typical pine cone, innocuous enough, then add roughly 3 pounds of solid mass to it, you’d have the Australian version, known as the Banksia seed pod, poised at the top of a very lovely tree just awaiting the perfect time to come crashing down at terminal velocity on top of some unsuspecting soul’s soon to be crushed skull.
Alright, so in reality the Banksia tree (B. Grandis) is more of shrub so you are far more likely to have your toes nibbled off by this voracious Australian carnivore than to die from an Banksia pod inflicted injury. B. Grandis produces the large pine cone like flower spikes commonly used in wood turning and is only native to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. Though it is grown as an ornamental shrub thanks to its large red and yellow flowers. It’s seeds, like many trees in the American West, are shed during the brush fires common there. Once the seeds pop open the holes which Banksia pods are famous for become apparent.
We’ve turned 5 of these Banksia seed pods in to dice cups (labeled A – F), two of which have lids. Each of these dice cups have been paired with a set of dice made from either Coolibah Burl or Jarrah wood, both of which are native Australian species and therefore quite possibly deadly so roll them at your own risk.
Note: you may have noticed that there is no dice cup labeled ‘E’. This could be one of three reasons, first could be that the author of this post is a member of the Alternative Vowel Liberation Front and thus feels there are too many ‘E’ in the world already. Second being that the minions chosen to label the banksia seed pods were not aware that the letter known as ‘E’ has ever existed. Or third, in a dastardly plot to over throw the English language in general, the nefarious letter ‘F’ has kidnapped the unsuspecting letter ‘E’ and is holding the poor chap for ransom.