cousins funeral urn.

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Project by Arthouse posted 06-23-2015 06:35 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making my Mothers funeral urn my cousin died shortly thereafter and I was asked to make his Urn. This one was to be placed on a mantel so I wanted it to stand out. In first starting I always think of the person and look back at his life to determine what elements I needed to show for remembering his life. My cousin was a rancher and a bit of a scoundrel at times. He being playful and dear to the land I decided to texture the outside using a checkering , gouge technique and milk paint. My cousins children wanted a Texas mesquite star on it was there only request. I first turned the bowl using a black cherry log about 18’’ x 12’’ was the final size.I then textured the bowl using chisels and milk paint on the lathe. I then turned the lid out of Texas Hickory and outfitted the lid with the Texas star . Being Catholic I took a rosary to bring in the spiritual aspect of death and barbed it like barbed wire for his ranching background . Using twisted nickel silver cut real thin to represent the million miles of barbed wire in Texas. I had no idea but I am now in the Urn business . Funny how a journey for a friend can turn out. R.I.P. Asa all this and Heaven too.

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#1 posted 06-23-2015 06:57 PM

Beautiful piece.

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#2 posted 06-23-2015 08:39 PM

Awesome urn!!

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#3 posted 06-23-2015 09:42 PM

You’ve done you bit for the family with this creation fro sure. Obviously a lot of thought & feeling done into the design & make. Well done

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#4 posted 06-23-2015 09:50 PM

Sorry for family’s loss, I just went through it a few month back as well. What a great tribute to your Cousin. Its a beautiful piece.

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 01:07 AM

Very good job!

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#6 posted 06-24-2015 10:46 AM

Looks great.


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#7 posted 06-24-2015 05:43 PM

These can be tough to make just because of what they are , but you did a Great Job on it.

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