Memorial box

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Project by MKBurnett posted 10-19-2018 10:14 AM 1009 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little over a year ago, my wife and I lost our baby to a late miscarriage. We wanted to make a memorial for the baby, mainly to hold the ashes (separate vessel inside the box). In the end, making this box become part of the healing process for us. Using pictures of Andy’s art boxes as the general idea of what we wanted, this is what we came up with.

I used purpleheart for the lid as well as for the miter keys/splines. Spalted maple for the rest.

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#1 posted 10-19-2018 11:18 AM

Wow. First of all I’m sorry for your loss. Incredible box with such special meaning, I can’t imagine what you were going through while building it. Good therapy, beautiful work.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#2 posted 10-19-2018 01:26 PM

sorry for your loss. beautiful memorial box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 10-19-2018 01:44 PM

Beautiful, and sorry for your loss, it is good to have an outlet to help grieve.

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

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#4 posted 10-19-2018 01:53 PM

My condolences. It took me years to build mine. Your beautiful work here will help with the healing process for you and your family. Well done. Peace to you.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-19-2018 02:31 PM

the therapy of wood working heals many things,you did a great job creating a beautiful memory box.i cant even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child,my condolences to you and your wife.peace.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 10-19-2018 04:57 PM

So sorry for your loss, a beautiful tribute.

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#7 posted 10-19-2018 06:31 PM

Seeing this box, and then reading the comments almost brought me to tears at work at my desk…while my students are working on their own projects….Thank you so much for posting this, and letting us see your beautiful work and sharing your unfathomable story. Like the many others, I am so so sorry for your loss. I know that nothing will ever make this okay, but I truly hope that you found some peace, and solace in the building of this box.
Beautiful design and craftsmanship.
Thank you for posting.

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#8 posted 10-20-2018 12:35 AM

MKBurnett, been there. Beautiful box.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 10-20-2018 12:51 AM

Wow, that is a really cool carved box!!
I am so sorry for your loss. This is a great tribute!!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 10-20-2018 03:15 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 10-20-2018 10:32 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. That is a very beautiful tribute!

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#12 posted 10-21-2018 06:43 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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