When a tree on campus came down with a deadly disease, the wood needed to be repurposed. The white oak ended up at the Thomas M. Brooks Forest Products Center one day, so the Society of Renewable Resources (SRR) made use of it.
With the 25th anniversary of the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) coming up on Sept. 15, students in the SRR began making 500 coasters in June.
The process includes cutting the wood down to the right dimensions and design, laser engraving the design on both sides of the coasters, sanding the coasters, then soaking them with a seal. Watch the video below to see how it all happens.
The coasters will be given as gifts at CNRE's 25th anniversary celebration. SRR is also selling some coasters with a modified design during the Share Fair on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon by the Duck Pond.
Photos and video by Olivia Coleman