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I use to pull some thistle from the woods to check the wind; with this in mind, I decided to make a holder. A holder that will keep the thistle dry and handy. It is nice to have some thistle available any time of the year.

You only need a few thistles down (aka fluff)  to find the wind direction and speed for kite flying, archery, fly-fishing. Just pull it out of holder, throw it up, and watch the direction it floats and rate at which it flies away. Cattail and milkweed seeds can also be used

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Step 1: Get started

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I started with some used ½ copper water pipe (other sizes could be used). Start with a piece greater than 2 inches.

Step 2: Clean and Cut center section

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I used emery paper to clean the tarnish off, about 3 inches; I find it easier to clean the pipe before cutting. In addition, it seems easier to clean the pipe while it is longer. I used a permanent marker to place a mark at 2 inches. I used my quick snap pipe cutter; to cut the pipe to length.

Step 3: Flaring the center section

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I deburred both ends of the cut section of pipe with  files - the inside and the outside diameter. I used a ½-inch punch with a taper to flare both ends. A slight flare helps create a good friction fit with the caps. The caps are designed to be solder to stay on; so the fit must be modified for the friction fit. Wood is used to prevent damage to the opposite end when flaring. Please note the size described for the punch is the punch hole diameter not the outer steel size. Other tools could be used to flare the ends, this is what I had handy.


Great idea! I'm gonna use some of these for sure.

Fikjast Scott (author)  2ndAmendmentLover11 months ago
I’m hoping to get more thistle this summer.
Thank you for the nice comment.
No. Thank you for the good idea.
myrrhmaid1 year ago
I could use one of these! I like it! I voted for it too. Good luck!
Fikjast Scott (author)  myrrhmaid1 year ago
I peeked at your instructables, wow. Thank you for your thoughts
Have you ever thought of selling these?
Fikjast Scott (author)  myrrhmaid1 year ago
No, I have not. I am not sure how to go about selling things.
p.s. cool way to add a bit of bling using the punches etc
Fikjast Scott (author)  psycophonic1 year ago

Thank you, I have always liked the little details in the older hand made things; so I try to add something to my projects. ,
damn... som1 beat me to it with the kindling idea.
Fikjast Scott (author)  psycophonic1 year ago
Thank you for your comment and taking the time to look at my insturctable
bradyrd1 year ago
It could also double as fire kindling.
Fikjast Scott (author)  bradyrd1 year ago
Great idea this is why I enjoy instructables so much. Thanks