Browsing the Rockler catalog the other day, came across these plans.
"Not yet -- I'm not done building my final project !!! " :-)
When my father died back in December, we buried him in a cherry casket
from St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana where I went to school:
It was gorgeous and a lot classier than the tacky caskets most funeral
They are very nice, but not for me. I'd rather go in a cardboard box and let
my wife and friends party with the money saved. I just don't see the value
of putting an expensive box in the ground. I'm for cremation and no
viewing. If you want to see me, if you want me to have flowers, do it now,
not after I'm gone.
Those were also my father's sentiments.
My mother had to put her 2nd husband in a nursing home.
When I went to visit, it was early evening, the lights were low, and
people were around a large room, sitting in wheelchairs.
My immediate thought was, "My God, this is a warehouse for people
waiting to die."
When I got home, sat at the kitchen table and drank a bottle of wine,
very unusual for me, and thought, "When my time comes, take me to my
boat, give me a bottle of Scotch, a bottle of Drambuie, and a bag of ice."
"Install a water soluble seacock, rig the sails, set the autopilot, and
cast me off."
Hopefully, I won't remember unkind things.
Seems kind of morbid to me but I guess its not to everyone. I have a cousin
who built very nice caskets for his wife and himself a few years ago.
Beautiful but not quite as elaborate as some of the mortuary boxes. To him
it was a challenging project with a defined purpose. They are stored in the
attic storage of his workshop building.
My buddy decoy carver, the late and talented Harry Waite, carved a
hollow canvasback drake with a plug in the bottom. His wife put his
ashes in this floating casket and put it in the headwaters of the
Chesapeake Bay. A couple found the decoy with the description of the
contents and donated it to the museum at St. Michaels, MD. Here's a
link to a PDF of their newsletter with a photo of Harry's fantastic
carving on the last page.
I understand that some dipshit state regulations forbade the display
of something with human remains, so the decoy is no longer on exhibit.
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