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.
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.
Seaton Brown file photo
One local landscape architect suspected that the oak may have fallen because of rotting wood and wet soil