The Resting Heart

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Project by swirt posted 03-17-2015 01:38 AM 1071 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the hardest project I have ever built, and hopefully the hardest I will ever face. In 2006 my son passed away during his birth. It took me months to bring myself to buy the wood to make his urn. It took me another 8 years to be able to bring myself to make it.

As a lot of my projects go, I had requirements. It had to not look like a traditional urn or coffin. It had to be comfortable to hold and feel good to touch.

1) Finished – Sanded up to 1000 grit
2) Shooting the three sides to make them flush.
3) Marking the angles to join.
4) Scrubbing the angles.
5) Finding a heart in a pair of concentric triangles.
6) Scraping the curves.

Wood: 8” wide 4/4 cherry

Finish: Blonde Shellac (padded on)

Hand Tools: Crosscut saw, marking knife, marking gauge, scrub plane, jointer plane, block plane, router plane, smoothing plane, chisels, combination square, scissors, curved scraper, rasp, files, mallet, convex spokeshave, handscrews, F-clamps, coping saw, sandpaper.

Power Tools: Bandsaw, Drill press, random orbit sander

Full how-to and a lot more photos: The Resting Heart

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 01:42 AM

No words can ever fill that hole in the heart. But your heart is strong as is this honor and tribute to your Son.

Peace to you.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 03:23 AM

I hope you find some peace and closure by making this .
I know the feeling as we lost one of our daughters .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 04:51 AM

Swirt my friend. As I was reading your post I was first thinking of your great loss. Then the love you have put into this honor.
It is the proper place for your child.
Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 03-17-2015 07:51 AM

Nice job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 12:34 PM

Thanks TZH.

Thank you Kiefer, and my condolences on your loss.

Dave, Thank you.

Thanks Ken.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 03-17-2015 01:09 PM

So very sorry to hear of your loss. This is an amazing tribute you’ve made for your son.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 03-17-2015 01:14 PM

I’m sorry for the loss of your son. This will be a wonderful memorial for him. It is a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 03-17-2015 04:56 PM

Charles and Roger, Thank you.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 03-17-2015 06:09 PM

My heart-felt condolences, even at this late date, for the loss of your son.

This beautiful object you have created is a wonderful expression of your love and your loss.

May YOUR heart rest easier now that this resting place for your son is finished.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#10 posted 03-17-2015 06:32 PM

Realy incredible work and the way you made it. I admire your effort. Wonderful urn.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-18-2015 01:33 AM

Thanks HerbC and majuvla. Your thoughts are much appreciated.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 03-19-2015 11:19 PM

As a father I am almost speechless, read your post yesterday and had such a heavy feeling inside I could not answer.
What you have done is to let time help you heal and now part of you must have had the courage to make this gesture of love.
I feel with you and send you all my love.
You are missed my friend.
Best thoughts and a hug,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 03-20-2015 02:22 AM

Thank you Mafe. I feel your sentiments.

I miss spending more time here too. Live got busy. I’m trying to slow it down and smell more roses… and cedar ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 03-20-2015 12:49 PM

Yes life runs way too fast, way too fast, sometimes I wish I could slow down the globe.
Tried to call Superman, but he never reply, so I try just to do my best to be in life as it is.
With all it’s imperfections, love, colors, smells, beauty, pains and all that jazz.
Life is beautiful every day, it is just not every day we find it easy to see it.
Sometimes so much comes our way, we just try to hang on and hang in, no time to see.
So what I try is to be grateful and enjoy the way.
Sounds wonderful; to smell the roses and cedar – make your self some time for that and spending time with those you love at home.
The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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