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Tim at historicinteriors.com
Thu Apr 9 20:00:49 EDT 2009
My wife teases me about my 'tree gravestones' but they work for me. Here's what I do:
I went to a hobby store and bought a set of cheap plastic reversed letter stamps. Kids use them to stamp their names into plaster, concrete or clay. The set has numbers with it, too.
I made a little slip form for concrete that is about the size of a book. Maybe 8 X 12 inches. It is 1 1/2 inches deep since I cut the pieces from a 2x4. When I'm ready to make my permanent markers, I mix up some super rich concrete (Sack-crete from the farm store, plus some extra portland cement). I put it into my little slip form and level it off. I can slip this form off and make a bunch of little concrete patties if I'm in the mood.
After a little setting time, the concrete gets 'right' and I then press in the letters to name and date the tree. I usually also mark the source. Then when they have set up and I'm in the mood, I take my little tree gravestones out to the orchard and cut them into the sod so they're just level with the surface. We can mow over them, and when I do my walk-arounds in the mornings with a cup of coffee, I can see what trees I'm staring at. The print is big enough I don't even have to squint or bend over.
Works for me.
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