Ossuary & Urns

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Project by FJPetruso posted 10-02-2021 06:47 PM 679 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 100th post is a little more unusual & unexpected for me… But In the past months I have had the honor of creating an ossuary & urns for close friends & a relative.

First my friend commissioned me to make an ossuary to his specifications in preparation for when he needs it in hopefully the much distant future. This ossuary is made for an ancient tradition of partial cremation where the large bones remain largely intact & needed to be large enough to hold the largest human bones. So its about the size of a small blanket chest. It is made of durable white oak, has custom made handles & a lining. There is only a sealer for a finish.

This year I had both a relative & a friend pass after long fights battling with cancer.

My brother-in-law was a minister & his urn was made in the simple cube/rectangle shape & of Red Oak engraved with the UCC cross. The urn has sharp edges & a light oak finish.

More recently, I made an urn for a friend who was a re-enactor & a cannon enthusiast. I also made it a cube/rectangle style urn but with rounded edges. Its made of mulberry wood with a darker red oak finish.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 10-02-2021 08:19 PM

Fantastic job, Had never heard of an ossuary before, as usual L.J.s has enlightened me again:)
My Wife keeps encouraging me to make myself an Urn? So far no date has been referenced due by?
Oh ya, Congrats on the 100 Projects!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 10-03-2021 01:30 AM

Fine work. Sorry for your losses.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 10-03-2021 01:52 AM

All very nicely done. I can only imagine the emotions that go along with such special projects.
I had never heard of an ossuary, or the partial cremation. Thank you for explaining that.

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#4 posted 10-03-2021 02:14 AM

I appreciate this!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#5 posted 10-03-2021 04:38 AM

been here and have had to do it too many times.i feel your condolensces.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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