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Crosses of Cholla Cactus Skeleton

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Project by OldWrangler posted 101 days ago 644 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When the Cholla Cactus dies and dries out, it leaves a woody skeleton full of holes. Used mostly in Lizard Terrariums and as Parrot perches, I make canes and these crosses. They are mostly 12”-15” tall and can be left a natural dark brown or bleached white. Finish is rattle-can polyurethane. Easy to hang on a nail from one of the holes on the back.

Just something different to do in the shop.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 101 days ago

Very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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OldWrangler

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#2 posted 100 days ago

Got an old friend in South Texas and his property is covered with Cholla. Every so often he has men gather it up and burn it. It is a nuisance to the cattle. He saves me some pieces he thinks I can use so I make crosses and canes and I’m trying to find other stuff I can use it for. Got any ideas?

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 100 days ago

Nice.

Maybe if it is sturdy enough for canes; it should be sturdy enough to make “hillbilly bottle openers.”

Might have to use super glue and washers though.

I manage to cut some from just very hard wood and they work.

-- just rjR

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OldWrangler

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#4 posted 100 days ago

I drill out the Cholla and insert a piece of 1/2” alum tubing full length for the strength. Also a piece of tubing in the handle too. The wood is actually kinda fragile. I don’t think it would be strong enough to make bottle openers.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 100 days ago

Those are very cool. My experience with cholla is getting cholla balls in my horse’s tail and trying to survive the resultant wreck!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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