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Crosses of Cholla Cactus Skeleton

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Project by OldWrangler posted 04-14-2014 05:28 PM 933 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.

-- I've given this a lot of thought and I don't think being an adult will work for me!!





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 05:51 PM

Very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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OldWrangler

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 10:31 PM

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?

-- I've given this a lot of thought and I don't think being an adult will work for me!!

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 11:02 PM

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 04-14-2014 11:06 PM

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.

-- I've given this a lot of thought and I don't think being an adult will work for me!!

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 04-15-2014 12:17 AM

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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