Carpentaria palm wood earrings
This beautifully patterned timber is from the Carpentaria palm (Carpentaria acuminata), a popular palm tree native to the Top End of the Northern Territory, which can grow up to 20 metres tall. Its handsome foliage and quick growth is appreciated by gardeners, and its bright red fruit is adored by fruit bats and Torres Strait Pigeons.
The timber is truly unique; unlike most palm wood which rots quickly once felled, the Carpentaria palm dries and hardens, its distinctive light and dark pattern varying depending on the location on the trunk and the direction on which the timber is cut. Each piece of palm wood is unique, dictating what size and shape earring might be possible.
Earrings are carefully cut to compliment the timber, hand sanded and fitted with sterling silver hooks. Due to the variability of the timber, each pair of earrings is unique. The shapes and sizes available are identified in the photos.
About the maker
Erin Nunn is a keen bushwalker and passionate Top-Ender with an interest in chemistry and a fascination with geology. A love of gems led Eric to join his local lapidary club to learn basic stone-cutting skills, but his inclination for cutting stones in non-standard shapes meant he had to teach himself silver smithing in order to make his own gem settings.
Based in Darwin NT, Eric is known for his truly unique jewellery, working with gems and precious stones from around the world, but specialising in pieces which ‘capture’ Northern Australia. Eric has recently added the unique Carpentaria palm wood to his repertoire, and is also available for special orders.
You can read Eric's Artist Profile here.