Wedding crafting is also expensive. When you need things in multiples, it adds up fast. It's no wonder there's a multi-billion industry devoted to this one-day celebration.
I wanted 40 tree slices. A quick search told me that it would be anywhere from $378 to $960. My plans were for it to be a part of the centerpiece, so that price range was impossible.
To prove I'm not faking, here's my low-ball and high-ball prices.
I love playing American Pickers at my Grandpa's house. He's got a massive barn filled with tractors, old refrigerators filled with paint (which is just ingenious repurposing to me), and tons of crafty supplies. I found the item I came for quickly (but it's a part of a secret detail of the wedding), and then continued to browse. Behind the barn, Gramps had tons of chopped wood. That's logical, because they have a wood-burning fireplace. Though my aunt had told me that I'd have to know someone at a lumber yard or mill to even have a shot at getting uniform slices of log, I wasn't convinced Gramps couldn't do it. Why does the double-negative seem fine there? I asked, and he did me one better - he offered the cedar logs, which he's had for ten years (unbeknownst to the entire family). Jackpot!
I was skeptical, and after a few hours, the motor oil wasn't sinking in and letting the natural color shine nearly as nicely as the vegetable oil. We decided on the vegetable oil, then set up an assembly line. I chipped the bark off the sides (it was rotting, or else we would have tried to keep it) before Gramps sanded the sides with what I can only describe as a sanding belt.
Zach used the palm sander to give the top and bottom a smooth finish.
I then brushed the slab to get as much of the dust off as possible before coating both sides with vegetable oil. I laid them out to dry on cardboard to soak up all the excess.
Gram was anxious to see what we were doing, so I took an un-oiled slab up to house.
I think they look pretty darn good, and at the low price of $8 for a giant tub of vegetable oil, the price couldn't be better.