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  • Inside the Cacti

    Posted on 09/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Southern Bolivia is full of dramatic landscapes with red rock, giant volcanic rocks strewn over high altitude deserts, brightly coloured lakes, and brilliant white salt flats and rightly so the locals call it an artists palette. Punctuating these landscapes are huge picture perfect cacti, a whole world away from our tiny potted cacti...these are beasts.

    No, we're not writing about these giants to make your tiny cactus feel inadequate, nor to persuade you to upgrade. We're in awe of the wood hidden inside the spiky exterior. They say beauty lies within, and they are right, as these cactus plants produce an amazing and unusual wood. Full of texture and often perforated, it looks rugged with a cool light edge.

    Cactus photo
    Southern Bolivia is full of dramatic landscapes with red rock, giant volcanic rocks strewn over high altitude deserts, brightly coloured lakes, and brilliant white salt flats and rightly so the locals call it an artists palette. Punctuating these landscapes are huge picture perfect cacti, a whole world away from our tiny potted cacti...these are beasts.

    Around here it is pretty saturated in cacti wood as they use it for doors, signs, stools and wherever they can fit it. But the super slow growth of the cactus, a rate of only 1 inch a year for some, means many species are thankfully protected.

    Much of the wood used here is from naturally fallen plants. So the chances of realising our cactus wood kitchen units is slim. But we can still admire this very special wood. And dream.


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