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Project by Rafe Demers posted 08-21-2015 01:28 AM 1247 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Late last year I received an unfortunate call from Florida that my father had passed. As you can imagine it was a terrible shock and great loss for our family. Despite the loss it was comforting to know that Dad lived a long and happy life and was fortunate enough to pass peacefully in his sleep. Shortly before his death he requested to be cremated and then have his remains buried next to his mother in Vermont where he was born. Being that most cemeteries are closed for the winter in the northern states we decided to do a memorial service and burial in the Spring which gave me a chance to design and build the urns shown. I know for most of us woodworking is a passion that we can’t always explain. I often refer to it as therapy as I get drawn into the creative process. This project was a key element in helping me to reflect and handle his loss while at the same time honor his memory. Thanks so much for looking.

The large burial urn is made from Curly Maple and some beautifully figured Black Walnut and was finished with Danish Oil and Arm R Seal. The turned keepsake urn was for my sister and was made with Ambrosia Maple, Brownheart and Wenge.

-- Rafe Demers





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#1 posted 08-21-2015 01:40 AM

You’ve created a beautiful resting place for your beloved father’s ashes. Your love truly emits in your craftsmanship. May you enjoy the peace and wonderful memories you have of him for many years to come.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 08-21-2015 02:49 AM

Thanks very much for your comments mmh!

-- Rafe Demers

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#3 posted 08-21-2015 04:29 PM

Beautiful urns, and a nice tribute that you family will surely appreciate. Sorry for your loss.

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#4 posted 08-21-2015 11:00 PM

Beautiful job. I had the unfortunate task of having to make one for my father’s remains. Also unfortunately I had relatively short notice so mine’s not nearly as nice as what you put together here. As my fellow LJ’s remind me though, it’s something made from the heart and that’s what will make it better than anything purchased.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 01:25 AM

Thanks very much for the comments, they are greatly appreciated

-- Rafe Demers

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 02:09 AM

Rafe, you put your heart into that and it’s awesome !!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 02:52 PM

Rafe,
I’m sorry for the loss of your dad. You have truly honored your father by doing this special work. I know it was hard and therapeutic at the same time. If you would have built it out of pine, it would still be special but your choice of woods to use is outstanding. The design, splined miters, the taper on the lid, and the finish all coordinate to be a beautiful place for dad’s remains. Remember the times when you swung the bat and hit the ball just right? It was almost like you didn’t swing it very hard but your connection was SOLID and the ball flew and flew. You run to first base amazed because you would declare you barely swung the bat…....this build is that hit. It is solid…...un-improvable!!

-- Tim Harrelson

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 06:30 PM

Thanks very much for Tim.

-- Rafe Demers

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#9 posted 09-11-2015 08:58 PM



Beautiful job. I had the unfortunate task of having to make one for my father s remains. Also unfortunately I had relatively short notice so mine s not nearly as nice as what you put together here. As my fellow LJ s remind me though, it s something made from the heart and that s what will make it better than anything purchased.

- JimRochester


I also had to make one for my step Daughter , it is not as nice as this by far but I just couldn’t stand looking at the plastic box we got from the funeral home. And it does have a lot more meaning to it for me.

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