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At least once a year, I head north to the Finger Lakes in New York state for a few days. There are so many gorges and waterfalls to explore, and a few days just doesn’t cut it, but my husband is a good sport about it all. This past fall, while we were up there for a day and a half, I had (what I thought was) a brilliant idea.

“Hey! Let’s try to hit four state parks in the area tomorrow!” I said Friday night, after we arrived. “We could start by watching the sun rise in Watkins Glen and then head to Buttermilk Falls and…”

I was met with The Look. Said husband isn’t a fan of mornings unless placated with a gallon of black coffee.

We compromised. We hit all four state parks in record time, and then hit just as many breweries/wineries. (Good thing it was in that order.) We were both happy campers.

If you’ve ever been to that area, you know that gray shale makes up most of the cliffs and rocky landscapes. Even on the shoreline of the Finger Lakes, you’ll find beaches of smooth shale shavings. Those shale stones and a beautiful log that has been drying in my shop for the past two years were the inspiration and medium for these new coaster sets.


Each set includes four coasters, tied together with hemp cord or twine. The wood used as the backing for the shale coasters is reclaimed plywood, painted black. The wood for the log coasters has been seasoned, mitered, sanded, and finished with two coats of poly. The log coasters have felt footies as seen below:



Let your travels (even if that’s a walk in your neighborhood) inspire you to think outside the box about unusual ways to use natural objects!

Coasters:  please email me for wholesale or retail pricing information

About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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