watched a good movie and the main character makes his own coffin as the
he was sick with something but i think the details were left out
they didn't really matter in the movie
so who is going to make their own and what will the wood choice(s) be
i think mighty oak is a good choice but redwood is lighter and might
look more dramatic
a pine box would suffice too
but now i wonder if i use some found wood would this be considered
i guess it would be recycling as it will go back in the ground
that works too
weighted down with all those pennies
i have seen floating and burning funeral pyres
that could draw undue attention though and then you are back to wood
selection for the float and the burn
bamboo for the floats and fir or spruce for the burn
Morticians use excelsior (shredded wood) for padding/bedding in coffins. That would decay without problems, also. They probably use the undyed aspen.
I purchase the 25 lb box of aspen, for upholstery stuffings, when a customer wants that kind of original stuffing reinstalled. Would likely need 50 lbs for a coffin.
I just cut up a large sweetgum log for bowl blanks. I cut it in 18"
lengths then slice off blanks lengthwise. Today I am hauling off 8
large trash bags of sweetgum excelsior. It really makes a lot when
you cut it lengthwise. Can't give it away around here.
I can't speak for everywhere, but in these parts a coffin is usually
placed in a concrete burial vault in the ground, protected from soil,
moisture, burrowing small critters, etc. Unless there's some law
against it, if someone makes their own coffin they could choose whatever
type of wood strikes their fancy.
On Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:20:09 PM UTC-5, John McCoy wrote:
Even with concrete boxes, there have been coffins that float, pushing the c
oncrete lid off the box, then the coffin floats away.
Here in Louisiana, we're not allowed to make our own coffins.... takes away
from the economy of certified coffin makers. Only a specific group of mo
nks, in New Orleans, can still make their own coffins, and they had to go t
o court (fight the morticians' lobby) to retain that right.
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