RE: [penturners] Re: Prickly Pear Cactus skeleton source
I've had fun casting pine and fir cones. Almost impossible to get all of the voids filled, even under 70 psi / 23 mercury combo. Also need CA glue while turning to stabilize the cone (or stabilize prior to casting).
I've turned a few of these and still have one out of three blow up on me.
- I do have what was a full 55 gallon drum of pear that we dug up at the place in the hill country that has sat until it is about a third full. I at some point will see if there is any there to play with, otherwise I'm burning it. I have grown to hate the pear. If you hit it with a mower it makes even more. Miserable stuff. Plus you get to spend hours pulling it out of the dog's feet when they forget and go chasing deer, armadillo or any other critter they happen to see and chase. Did I mention I have grown to hate pear?
Dennis W. Ewing Sr. http://onewoodturn.com
On 7/22/2013 10:35 AM, Sloane, Robert Raymond wrote:
Having looked at the pictures of your blanks on your web page, I would say that $20 was a bargain. If what I wanted was a cactus pen, I would definitely be a customer, but for me, the reward is the process of making the pen, not owning it or selling it. The only reason I mentioned 10 blanks is because I expect to destroy the first 9 learning the technique.
Maybe sometime I can organize a road trip to somewhere in the south west where Prickly Pear grows, and pick up some raw paddles, so I can have the full experience. J
Yesterday, I cast my first “ribbon” blank, and I should be de-molding it tonight and later I am off to the pet store to see if they have any cholla I can use.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for unique casting material?
The problem is, if anyone is willing to do it and their time is worth anything to them, the cost will be higher than most will want to pay. I charge $20 each for my "Original Cactus Blank"™ pen blanks which is a lot of money. The vast majority of the cost is the collecting, dealing with the thorns and infections in my hand from them, and processing to make them castable. Some think I am getting rich doing it or have a high profit margin. Not so considering what goes into it.
Curtis O. Seebeck
"Original Cactus Blank"™
MesquiteMan's Cactus Juice
From: Sloane, Robert Raymond
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 2:56 PM
Subject: RE: [penturners] Re: Prickly Pear Cactus skeleton source
>As far as I know there is no source. Those who make them harvest their own cactus.
That is what I was afraid of.
I guess there is an opportunity for some enterprising entrepreneur who has access to the raw materials.
I would be interested in enough for about 10 blanks if someone happens to have some around.