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Tagua Nuts, Anyone?

March 24, 2013

tagua nut knob

In keeping with the chicken theme on Rebekah’s new wheel, tentatively named “Edwina”, we thought it would be fun to use tagua nut accents on various places, such as the knobs, to give the idea of chicken eggs.  In case anyone is curious, tagua nuts are about the size of an egg and have been used by carvers and others in place of ivory.  Maxine collected buttons for a number of years and she had many beautiful tagua nut (also known as vegetable ivory) buttons.  It is a pleasure to work, and this is the first time I’ve turned it on a lathe.  One HUGE plus is that when I have carved regular ivory, the strong smell instantly takes me back to a place I never like to go – the dentist’s office!  Tagua nut has no odor.

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