Previously: Building A Cactus, Pt. 1

Alright! So we worked on the base (staining, sanding, adding a handle, bolting, and leveling the bolts) while waiting for these guys to arrive:

The many colors of a giant box of pool noodles.

A giant box of pool noodles!

Once we had the pool noodles on hand, we used a lot of duct tape and made sure to tape individual noodles directly to the pvc pipe, so we can twist the entire piece as a single unit. Since the piece is going to have to disassemble to be transportable, we’re using male/female screw-ends on each of our major sections so the cactus can be broken down easily.

We ended up working with a straight top, (the bent top you see below was an experiment we decided against). Also, at the stage you see here, the cactus is 12 feet tall. Eventually, the cactus was trimmed down to 10 ft to accommodate the fabric.

Next up: the fabric!


What if a cactus felt really bad?
Hurt and depressed and truly quite sad?

Feeling unwelcome or feeling unliked,
Not feeling like dealing with being all spiked.

The desert might not be a whole lot of fun.
A tumbleweed isn’t much conversation.

What if it started to share all its fears?
Cry a small cry with its cactus-juice tears?

What if it gave all your heartstrings a tug?
Could you do the deed, could you give it a hug?

This poem was selected for my book!