Turning Tagua Nuts into Pearls

Tagua nut ‘pearl’ being turned

I am remaking one of my older boxes – the “Birthing Box” and these two photos show me turning one of the ‘pearls’ from Tagua nut, a vegetable substitute for ivory. The first photo in the gallery linked below shows an older “Birthing” box made for another collector a few years ago. You can click to view enlarged. The interior of the box contains loose tagua nut pearls.

Tagua nut being turned on the lathe
Tagua nut being turned on the lathe