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This Elm was cut down from a neighbors yard to my dad's house left out for land fill, I just happened along at the right time and loaded it up in my truck. I handcrafted this set of drinking coasters from the limb of Cedar Elm, I left the limb as a whole with the bark on this limb intact and secured it with super glue, the inner part of the limb was cut and sliced to create the coasters, the coaster sets come in various shapes and sizes and are reversible, this set comes with a set of 7 coasters. I finished the complete set with Rust-Oleum exterior gloss Spar Varnish, after research to various types of finish, I settled on this brand as it seems to be a great water resistant finish and drys with a thick silicone base feel.

Side Note, Unlike my hackberry coaster sets, I remove the bark from the hackberry due to it's just not attractive and looks more like just plan sap wood then bark, plum ugly.

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Spar Varnish provides maximum weather resistance on exterior wood
Excellent UV protection
Soap and water cleanup

thanks for viewing and have a very Merry Christmas.

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That is super, Blackie. Leaving the bark is genius. Guaranteed best sellers.
 

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Nice project, That is a cool idea!!
 

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Is Cedar Elm like American Elm? I just know ours doesn't hold the bark well. Although the CA will help with that.

I really like these. Keep it up sir.
 

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Genius! the bark adds to its rustic appeal and so unique.

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Nice project !
I had to look this tree up. It is a true elm species. The wood is supposed to be good for steam bending as well. It grows in areas with juniper called " cedar breaks" along limestone outcrops. Not as susceptible to Dutch elm disease as the American elm but it can still suffer from it.
 

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Thanks everyone

Wdwerker

Actually I'm not real sure about the species of Elm only that I do know for a fact that it is elm and it was growing in hard limestone, drought hardy also native to Texas so I assumed it was cedar elm my only other guess would be american or red elm.
 

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Looks like your cranking out some great items to sell. I like the rustic look of your coasters. Very Nice!
 

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Very unusual!That's too wonderful.!

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cool idea
 

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great idea!! I like these rustic projects!
 

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Sooooo Niiiiiice! Very Cool!
 

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Cool project Randy. austintexas-Thanks for that link as this was a new tree for me. The bark comes off of our winged elms very soon after they're cut.
 
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