Remember the fallen Aspen tree used for my wedding mentioned here? We had collected fallen Aspen and Pine trees while on a hike to use for DIY wedding decor. We had so much left over I once again reused the excess, handcrafting rustic coasters or tea light (candle) holders whichever suits the receivers fancy.
These were cut using a miter saw, a process I did not photograph (sorry). If you are to try crafting these on your own seek out guidance prior to using a tool you are unfamiliar with. I sanded each piece using 120 grit sand paper which then beautifully revealed the trees rings and softened the surface, removing the risk of splinters.
I used HempShield as a protectant on each of the coasters. It is a penetrating wood finish/sealer using emulsified hempseed oil with less hazard associated to human and earth health. It is the only wood finish we use in our business and home. I used clear to maintain the natural look of the Aspen, Redwood to create my Agate series, and Chestnut to make the ‘Peace on Earth’ series.
While I was ill a couple of weeks back and also feeling the weight of the worlds tremendous troubles I put my hands to work. Creating has always been a form of active mediation (for me), a means to ground and reconnect. Releasing energy through crafting was an effective way to shed growing fear and regain the momentum needed to take action.
I am truly impressed with how they turned out. Each set of four, unique & different from the next. Whenever I see items similar to these for sale, inspiration strikes to attempt the project myself, however it doesn’t always come out as well as I would like as this one has. Note: This was the first time I’ve tried the Redwood HempShield, I think it might be the new fave.
A simple way to elevate natures ambience in home, backyard garden, or balcony.
Each set is tied in twine and will be sent off to family and friends as an extension of our love and gratitude. A present for their presence.
This Aspen tree reminds me of the giving tree as it has given and continues to give gifts. Once rooted within the foothills of the West Elk Mountains, uprooted from a spring avalanche, repurposed into wedding decor and once again gifted with love and purpose.
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Don’t feel like making these but want a unique set for yourself? Stay tuned for details on how to purchase your own set by Summer 2017!
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