Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Own a piece of CofC's Cistern Yard with new collection made from fallen oak

Jewelry and apparel made by local CofC graduate

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Last summer, when a giant water oak tree fell in College of Charleston's Cistern Yard, the school set aside four massive logs from the heirloom oak to be made into jewelry by local graduate and designer Katie Kozar Thompson, who runs Black Swamp.
click to enlarge Salvaged portions of the tree that fell in Cistern Yard have been made into CofC apparel - COFC TODAY
  • CofC Today
  • Salvaged portions of the tree that fell in Cistern Yard have been made into CofC apparel
Today, those pieces, as well as several other pieces of memorabilia are available for purchase through the College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Alumni and Cougar fans wanting to own a piece of the old tree can buy earrings, cufflinks, a necklace, a bottle opener ($50 each), and an oyster knife ($100) made with wood from the tree, some bearing the school's updated logo and wordmark (also the creation of a local, graphic designer Gil Shuler.)

Proceeds from the pieces will go to benefit the CofC Alumni Association’s scholarships and programs.
click to enlarge One local landscape architect suspected that the oak may have fallen because of rotting wood and wet soil - SEATON BROWN FILE PHOTO
  • Seaton Brown file photo
  • One local landscape architect suspected that the oak may have fallen because of rotting wood and wet soil

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