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Project by InsideTheBox posted 08-13-2018 09:16 PM 1151 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make the cremation urn for my father-in-law’s ashes. I wanted to make a container for the ashes, but also wanted to include a compartment for people to write their thoughts, a prayer, sendoff… whatever (5).

I used walnut to honor his favorite walnut tree, carved the rose (2 & 3) out of birch in honor of the birch trees he had in his front yard. Learned a LOT in this process. The bottom compartment held the ashes. I think he would have liked the fact that I used a thin piece of cherry to separate the bottom from the top compartments, so that he had “cherry on top”, then a piece of silk to line the bottom of the upper compartment (6).

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 10:14 PM

Always the hardest projects to make. You did a great job. I’m sure the family will appreciate it.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 10:23 PM

You really put a lot of thought into this memorial/urn. I am sure the family appreciated your efforts! Turned out beautiful!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 08-14-2018 12:59 AM

Beautiful work and a thoughtful set of decisions that went into it. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-14-2018 01:06 AM

Thanks, guys.
Jim, your own work and thought process was an inspiration to me while I was making this. It was quite a sad but healing journey. And the family did appreciate it very much.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#5 posted 08-14-2018 11:23 AM

Well done and thoughtful.

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 01:00 PM

You did a nice job on this box. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-14-2018 03:12 PM

excellent job

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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#8 posted 08-15-2018 06:18 PM

Great idea, I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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