Skeletons in the shop: Cactus wood knife hilt

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Many years ago I visited Santa Fe New Mexico where I grew up and grabbed some Cholla skeletons out of an arroyo behind my old house. They sat around for quite a while until I made one into an icepick:

I had also been trying to figure out a good way to incorporate it into a knife hilt. I wanted some separation from the steele of the blade to the handle so I used a thin piece of Redheart which I thought would contrast well with the cholla well.


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 08:24 PM

Very nice. I have a bunch of short pieces of this left over from making lamps. Your knife gives me some ideas.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 08:55 PM

Beautiful wood. Very nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 12:41 AM

Very nice combination with the cholla cactus. I use it on projects and have to always cap the ends with something to hold it together because it gets fragile when it gets old. I just cut some yesterday and I scrapped out a lot that broke out on the bandsaw before I got two pieces for my shelf!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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