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tree ring coasters

by Dave Wager
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  • the story

Woodland Wonder

The history of human civilization can be cross-referenced with any sizable tree. If we could count our own rings, however, the tallies would pale in comparison. Tree RingTM Coasters give us just another opportunity to appreciate the world around us, and realize that even a tree just four inches thick may have witnessed the birth of our grandparents.

Each set comes with four individually marked coasters to show their age, spanning anywhere from the early/mid 1900s to present day. Handmade in Missoula, Montana by Dave Wager from sustainable wood harvested from small diameter trees. Small diameter trees are overly abundant because naturally occurring forest fires that typically remove small trees have been suppressed for the last 100 years. Thinning out younger small diameter trees from old growth forests helps protect larger and older trees that have stood for centuries.

Due to the reclaimed nature of this item, each will vary.

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stands approx. 2.5"H x 3-4" dia.
Keep out of extreme heat and cold. Clean with damp cloth and wipe dry after use. Finish can be renewed by rubbing one or more coats of boiled linseed oil on the coasters.
  • the maker

Dave Wager

A longtime woodworker and a forest ecologist, Dave Wager spent the early part of his career studying tree ring growth in response to environmental factors. Wager's passion for nature and finding ways to restore it propelled his work over the next 10 years with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, through which he promoted environmentally and socially responsible forestry through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Inspired by tree ring analysis and the need to share natural history information about Western fronts, Wager chose an unexpected medium to engage the public: pens. He developed an inspired concept into a handcrafted, wooden pen which exemplified his experience and interests, and after whittling his first prototype, the Tree Ring Pen was born.

"To me the Tree Ring Pens represent a nexus of nature, art, science, and forest restoration all bound within the beauty of a writing instrument," says Wager.

The next step in his project brought him to sustainability: Wager soon decided to source his wood from forest restoration projects in order to build a product that went beyond sustainability to action, restoring forests in need of help. Wager's idea of harvesting of small diameter trees to create his pens restores old-growth forests that have been encroached by those small diameter conifers.

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