"Ashes to Ashes, Sawdust to Sawdust"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 02-05-2010 02:17 AM 6778 views 43 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to wait to post this box on Lumberjocks but certain events have recently taken place and I feel now is a good time to share. If you have not already guessed from the name of the box it is an urn. Four years ago I lost my Uncle Karl. He was a woodworker through and through. Everything he did revolved around this amazing hobby all of us love. People found it hard to understand why he would want to spend so many hours in a dark, damp basement….well I understood…it was his passion. After finding out about his passing I offered to make him a resting place and two years later my Aunt Margie took me up on this offer. “Ashes to Ashes, Sawdust to Sawdust” came to be. Well, on Monday (2/1/10) I lost my Aunt Margie to lung cancer. She will always be remembered and loved for the person she was and greatly missed for the same reasons. Her ashes will be placed in the urn with my uncles so they can once again be together.

The main woods used in the urn are Curly Cherry and Walnut. They were the woods mostly used by my uncle. The stripe going around the urn is Bolivian Rosewood and Paduak. The splines are also Paduak. The legs are Curly Maple and Cocobolo. They are angled to accentuate the angles of the urn. The lid is made from a figured piece of Walnut that I cut into three, reversed the middle section, added thin cherry pieces and glued back together. Reversing the middle piece changed the “light and dark” aspects of the walnut so that it pulled your eye over the curve of the lid. The spire on the lid is made from Bubinga. It was cut using a compound cut technique on a scroll saw. My Uncle loved making the 3D reindeer on his scroll saw and bandsaw (if you have ever watched a Carter Bandsaw demo at a woodworking show you know what I am talking about). I lined the interior of the urn with 220 sandpaper so he would feel at home. Finish is a BLO/Varnish/Mineral Spirits wipe and then waxed. The entire design of the urn was based on my interpretation of an Egyptian arc.

Well…..enjoy and keep making sawdust…it is what my uncle would have done.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 02:20 AM

Absolutely fabulous… Uncle would be very proud…of this I am sure..

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 02:23 AM

I think it is an exquisite tribute to the man.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 02:26 AM

excellent work ,
and a beautiful and fitting tribute
for someone that inspired you so much .

and thru you ,
inspiring others !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 02:28 AM

very well done … one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 02:30 AM

Absolutely fantastic. Sorry for your loss.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 02:31 AM

Amazing piece of woodworking, and a wonderful tribute to your aunt and uncle.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 02:34 AM

Beautiful work Jeff..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 02:46 AM

Outstanding Urn ! sorry to hear about your loss.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 02-05-2010 02:59 AM

I’m sorry for your loss Jeff. I know your aunt and uncle would very much approve and be proud to have that as their resting place. Another beautifully unique piece and lining it with the 220 was a great idea. Great woods and great design.
How did you attach the curly maple to the sides?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 03:13 AM

As usual, beautiful work.

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#11 posted 02-05-2010 03:21 AM

Sorry for your loss. I have to say, that is one of the nicest urns I have run across. Your uncle would be proud.

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 03:27 AM

My condolences to You and Your Family, Jeff…
Your Urn came out Terrific!! A fine tribute to your Uncle and Aunt, and their lives…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 03:28 AM

Fantastic craftsmanship and a great tribute. Very well done.

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#14 posted 02-05-2010 04:15 AM

Awesome looking box. What a wonderful tribute. We should all be so lucky!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#15 posted 02-05-2010 05:37 AM

That is an extraordinary work of art.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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