Walnut Urn

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Project by TravisH posted 08-25-2017 04:43 AM 1452 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of those things you really don’t want to make but yet honored to be asked. This was an interesting project on different levels as I usually like to thing things thru and not design/build on the fly.

First I wasn’t expecting to be making the item as we had assumed surgery would go well. After a few days of her passing my mother called to let me know about the arrangements and asked on behalf of my brother if I could make something for her ashes (as he couldn’t bring himself to ask me). I of course said yes and got some generic information what he had looked at at. A simple box with a latch and in walnut.

To be honest I don’t like the “shoe box” urn and sounded like it was all they had the funeral home on short notice so that was what he decided on. So I decided I would just wing it and do what I thought she would have picked out. Simple and clean with some interesting details is what she would have been drawn to.

My next concern is I had one piece of walnut and one day to get this done before we needed to be on the road. Checked a few places and decided I wasted too much time to track some down. Then I started to read up about sizing/volume of the box to hold ashes, great how do you ask….. Well I sized it the largest I could with the wood I had. Just needed to not screw things up because of lack of material. Ended up doing everything in pine first before moving on. Would have liked to done some things a little different but just didn’t have the time.

Construction all walnut. Legs were ebonized with vinegar/steel wool mixture and project finished with tung oil.

Felt strange as got a lot of compliments and questions regarding the urn. Ended up getting requests to make memorial replicas from some of her family so when we got back home picked up some walnut and made some solid replicas to send to them. Of course didn’t have any measurements from the original and the size made doing it in the same manner. Pictures of the replicas were prior to the tung oil application.

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#1 posted 08-25-2017 11:44 AM

Very nice urn and real neat replicas, too. that was very nice of you do do that!!

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#2 posted 08-25-2017 01:31 PM

Your urn’s look really nice. Thank you for sharing you work and story.

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#3 posted 08-27-2017 01:49 PM

that’s quite the tribute. clean and functional, yet eye catching. Well done.

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 03:00 PM

This is a vey nice urn. It has a nice design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 08-31-2017 01:51 PM

Very nice Travis. Thanks for sharing Do you mind me asking what your dimensions are?

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#6 posted 05-21-2019 01:13 PM

Extraordinarily beautiful in it’s simplicity. The design so obviously comes from your heart. I personally would be happy to find myself resting in your “on the fly build”.
It reminds me of something my late father would dream up in his beloved basement work shop. He found contentment there and it was a spot I loved to share and visit.

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