Casket Interior and Delivery

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Blog entry by Mark A. DeCou posted 06-01-2007 12:01 AM 3684 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch


UPDATE 3-28-2012:
After Posting my Casket Stories and Photos, I have been overwhelmed by the response from readers. There is quite a thread of folks wanting to help in their funeral plans by building their own casket, or building one for a close friend or family member. All of this internet attention lead me to a teaching invitation at the John Campbell Folk School in the summer of 2011 on the art of casket making.

To assist the students in that class I wrote a step-by-step instruction book and drew some drawings, making the Book a total of 78 pages. There isn’t much help in book form, or the internet, for making your own casket, so I tried to use my Book as a way to teach the project, but also teach woodworking skills in the process.

If you would like a copy of my Book/Plans, visit my store to purchase a copy for yourself


Back to the Original Posting:
After a set of long days and late nights, I had the joy of taking the Mission Style Casket to meet the family today. We headed toward each other and met in Great Bend, KS and had lunch and transferred the casket from my little Ranger pickup truck into a covered trailer. After that we shared a lunch at Braum’s, a hamburger and ice cream restaurant.

I worked late last night and finished up the casket, and installed the liner. Here are some photos showing the final completed look.

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Here is my little Casket Express delivery truck. I didn’t even have time to wash it. If you have seen any news about Kansas lately, we have had a lot of rain. So, anyone that lives on a dirt road has a dirty vehicle right now. That’s my excuse I’m using anyway.

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I’m not wishing for anyone’s death, but I hope to do another Mission Style Casket sometime. If you are interested, please email me at

Thanks for looking, and thanks to all of those that have sent their sympathies, we appreciate the support and encouragement.

Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 12:04 AM

Thanks Mark. I’m glad that you got it done in time for it’s use. Our prayers are for you and your family.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-01-2007 12:56 AM

That was beautiful work!

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#3 posted 06-01-2007 04:03 AM

Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. Very impressive design, and truly Mission in style.

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#4 posted 06-01-2007 04:06 AM

A beauty!! Thanks for sharing.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 04:31 AM

I can’t think of a more difficult, inspiring, or rewarding project to work on. Your Uncle was not only a good man, but a man with good taste.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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