Gumnuts 3 House Number Sign

GUMNUTS ARE A FAVORITE image in Australia, where gum trees are a big part of the landscape wherever you go. With over 900 species of gum trees (and by the way, not all gum trees are Eucalyptus trees) there is an amazing variety in shapes, colors, textures, and sizes in both the trees and the gumnuts, which are really the outer coating of the gum blossom. Interestingly, the gum blossom itself is not made up of petals – the bright flowers are really all stamens, which attract bees, insects and nectar-feeding birds such as lorikeets and other parrots. These stamens are fused inside the cap of the ‘nut’ until the moment when the cap breaks open and they come forth. Although gum trees are endemic to Australia and some islands just to the north, very many species have been introduced in other continents in tropical and temperate regions of the world, such as California USA, Israel, and Asia.

There is something about gumnuts that has always captured people’s imagination – probably because of their appealing shapes. Probably the best known and loved example of this is the series of adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie – illustrated children’s books by Australian author May Gibbs between 1918 and 1953. These whimsical female gumnut babies face innumerable odds such as the villainous Banksia men (which look like the cones of the Banksia plant) and the little heroes always come through unscathed.

This door sign is one example of many Danthonia signs that include gumnuts. In this case, they are sculpted and painted by hand. The number 3 is incise carved, also with hand chisels, and gilded with 23kt gold.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
12 " x 8 "