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My parents' urns

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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 04-14-2021 09:21 PM 661 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When Mom died unexpectedly at the age of 98 a few years ago, Dad asked me to make her urn. I sized it to fit the plastic case which the crematorium used.

Never having had a great deal of success with long ripped miters, I decided to use contrasting corner posts. I laminated a photo of Mom wearing her wedding gown for their 75th anniversary invitations the previous year to insert into a groove I cut into the front pillars.

The sides are made of maple, corner posts are from walnut, and the top is bass (or maybe poplar, I don’t remember). The sentiment was “printed” using a laser printer and polycrylic.

When Dad passed away late last year less than a month from his 103rd birthday, the family asked me to make his urn. I used the same design I had used for Mom’s but used some sugar maple for the sides which Dad had cut for firewood a few years earlier. He thought it was too pretty to burn so he resawed it with his chainsaw and gave me a few pieces. I laminated two photos—one from a couple years ago and one when he was much younger—just 89. We ultimately used the “much younger one.”

I ended up resizing Dad’s urn since it didn’t fit into the waterproof container in which it was placed for burial. I was able to cut down the sides and bottom, but had to remake the top so the sentiment could be centered correctly.

It was a privilege and honor to be able to make my parents’ urns. They were blessed with long lives which is an affirmation of the promise made in Scripture: Honor your father and mother—which is the first commandment with a promise—so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:2-3 NIV

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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hairy

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#1 posted 04-14-2021 09:36 PM

Nice work! I’m sure they would be proud.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#2 posted 04-14-2021 10:59 PM

Nice urns for youir family!!

Jim

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2021 11:09 PM

Very nice Urns your parent spoil be proud of such good work and the love that went to the bike. Love the verse from 2 Corinthians 5:8.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 04-14-2021 11:51 PM

I’m moved beyond words.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-15-2021 01:38 AM

These are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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#6 posted 04-15-2021 04:44 AM

Beautiful work and a fitting tribute. Have to make one for my Father. Like the idea of a picture on the side.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 04-15-2021 05:17 AM

Thanks, LJs, for the encouraging remarks.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 04-15-2021 07:31 AM

Awesome work. The pictures are great.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 04-15-2021 02:12 PM

First off LW, I’m sorry for your loss. No matter how long our parents walked this earth, it’s never long enough! Indeed, I felt the same privilege and honor, having made Marquetry ash urns for my Mom (86) & Dad (95). Yours are a true testament to your skills … and your heart.

-- Elaine in Duncan

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 04-15-2021 04:27 PM

Thank you Bob.

Elaine, I went back to look again at your parents' urns. They really are beautiful. You’re right—no matter how long our parents live, it’s hard to lose them, but we were incredibly blessed to have our parents so long.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 04-16-2021 01:06 AM

Amen L/W!! If only we should live so long (and remain healthy!), eh?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#12 posted 04-16-2021 03:40 PM

A beautiful labor of love!

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#13 posted 04-17-2021 12:46 AM

Sorry for your losses. Outstanding work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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