The wood is very dense and resinous, therefore, resistant to insects and other pests, which in turn lends itself to a long growing life.
They're Ancient and Rare
These magnificent, gnarled giants, have been naturally sculptured by the wind and
weather and are like natural works of art. They radiate a mystique all of their
own. Several hundred years may pass before a single branch falls. Bristlecone Pines
shed their branches reluctantly and this is the only wood we use.
These wall crosses are very unique. No two crosses will look the same. Your Olde
Rugged Cross will be approximately the height indicated below the picture of the
cross you wish to purchase. Enjoy the unique beauty and charm of these religious
crosses, the wood is ancient and rare!
Bristlecone Pines May Soon Be Extinct
According to an article in the
Denver Post, "An exotic fungus spreading southward through Rocky Mountain
forests is threatening Colorado's oldest trees — the gnarled limber and bristlecone
pines that can live longer than 2,000 years. Some limber and bristlecone pines in
Colorado that the fungus threatens were growing at the time of the Roman Empire,"
said Jeff Mitton, chairman of the University of Colorado's Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology.
"Bristlecones and limber pines are much more romantic, much more evocative
of the beautiful mountains of the West. . . . There's a difference aesthetically.
The loss of an ancient tree has much more of an impact," he said.
Our one of a kind creations may also be a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase
one of these decorative crosses crafted from ancient bristlecone wood.
Decorative Cross Details
Each cross has a card that includes a picture of a Bristlecone Pine tree as shown
here on our web page along with the story of the creation of our religious crosses.
The wall crosses come with pre-attached hardware for hanging.
We also create a standing decorative cross. The standing wood crosses have a heavy
self-supporting base. Standing wood crosses are more difficult to create as a unique
branch is required to create the base. If there is a type or size of cross that
you want and we don't have, please send us an email
and we'll do our best to accomodate your request for your decorative cross!