Richard’s Cholla Cactus Bolos

Richard makes very unusual bolo tie necklaces using the dried cholla cactus plant.  When the plant is alive it is something to avoid because the thorns are like fishing hooks, and if they get under your skin – watch out – they hurt.  But, once dried they become a very interesting item.  Richard turns them into art objects by cutting a particular piece of cholla he finds intriguing then he grinds, molds, inlays with certain semi-precious stones thus creating a very beautiful and unique piece of art/jewelry.  It’s always fascinating to see what Richard creates.