Relatively simple design, but very nice looking. I heard on the radio this
morning it is made of Cypress. It is installed in a zinc container, and that
inside another walnut case. I am curious to see the details on that,
although it may be very modest too.
The Pope was truly a great man, as evidenced by the turnout and attention
given to him this week and at his funeral.
I commented on that this morning to my wife and she berated me for never
thinking about anything but woodworking. Oh well. It really was a nice,
simple yet elegant approach that I thought fitted the ideals that the Pope
Noticed them also. Simple design with the nice taper. I bet someone took a
lot of pride in doing that job.
My wife had it on in the bedroom. She said it was just like being in
church. I woke her up too late to see the beginning and I was asleep most
of the time.
I thought it was odd that the tails were on the end. The tapered sides would
make execution a bit more of a challenge.
I thought the simplicity of the box sent a nice message.
-Steve (Not a catholic)
On something like a hope chest the tails are on the long sides,
front and back, because if there are handles they are on the
short sides (the ends). The dovetails keep the ends from pulling
out as the chest is lifted. On a coffin or casket, the handles
are on the long sides so it makes sense to put the tails on the
short sides (the ends). This would also help if the taper was
accomplished by bending the wood a bit.
Even though I'm not Catholic everyone has to respect him for always standing
up for what is right and not being afraid to express it. He provided great
leadership and guidance for the world.
I retired from TWA, we would configured one of our aircraft specially for
him on various accessions for his Papal Journeys about the world. It was a
great honor to be selected to serve him.
He will be a tough legend to follow.
I just KNEW that someone was going to comment here. I mentioned it to
LOML and sorta like Mike in Mystic's SWMBO, her eyes rolled back into
her head and she walked off with a sigh. Anybody here thought about
making their own coffin?
Yes, I have. I've thought about designing it as a curio cabinet for use
now, take out the shelves and put me in when the time comes. Seems silly
to spend a lot of money on a box that goes into the ground never to be seen
again. Cremation is a better option so I may just make an urn or box of
My thought exactly. But expressing it would
probably piss off a lot of people who buy very
expensive coffins. I'll bet if you made your own
coffin (for someone else) and checked the funeral
home costs, you would find that they charged you
for making the coffin. Coffin supply/making is
pretty much sewn up, er, is that bottled up?
FWIW, my mother asked me to have her cremated and bury her in a cardboard
box to do the mortician out of his pound of flesh. I really didn't have
the stomach to explain to her sister or her friends why I did that--went
with the cheapest urn they had instead. If I'd thought about it I'd have
used one of her vases, but I wasn't thinking too clearly at the time.
Mom has the cremated remains of a couple of her pets. When she goes
she said just mix her ashes up with theirs and sprinkle them around
On a related note, wife and I were at the Tucson home and garden show
yesterday and one of the local mortuary/cemetaries was there drumming
up business. We inquired as to the price of cremation and they said
it they simply round up your carcass and light the fire, it's $2500.
If you want a service, with rented coffin, etc. it can go $5000!
But our money isn't worth anything anymore. I had surgery to repair a
torn rotator cuff last month. (Too much hand sanding and finish
rubbing, to keep it on topic).
The bills are starting to come in. I entered the hospital at 5:30 AM
to fill out paperwork and wait. At 7:30 they wheeled me into the OR.
Surgery lasted 2 1/2 hours and I was awake enough to get wheeled out
to my car by noon.
Had I not had insurance, such as it is, with a negotiated rate, the
total charges, not including the surgeon or the PT I'm currently going
through) were over $19,000. It was over five big ones just for
"sterile supplies". That's a lot of band-aids.
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