Alaskan Birch Casket with Diamond Willow

  • Advertise with us
Project by AKDave posted 01-24-2016 05:38 AM 1776 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a phone call from an older (older that I am!) lady who told me that she had seen a photo of one of the previous caskets I had made, and she and her sister would like to have me make one for each of them. I met with the two to discuss the species of wood they would like, and showed them more photos of my various pieces. They made their selection and then stated that they would both like for me to incorporate some Alaskan Diamond Willow into the boxes, perhaps as the handles on the side. Well, I was not too excited about that, so, basically to try to get out of it, I told them I didn’t think the idea of handles was a good one because diamond willow is very crooked and also tapers quite rapidly for the length, and further that I didn’t have any diamond willow, and didn’t know where to get any. I hoped that would pretty much kill the idea. Then they said that they had already had a half dozen pieces and would I reconsider and think about some way to use it. Well, I agreed and began to try to think of a way to incorporate it into the design. I came up with the idea of placing a short piece as a column at each corner. I ran the idea by them and they agreed. So that is what I did and I think it came out very well. I have placed some photos in my gallery. They were absolutely overjoyed with the results. By the way, the light wood is birch, harvested from my sons property a couple of years ago. He lives about a quarter mile away from me. The dark wood panels are walnut or cherry veneer.
Hope you all enjoy looking at the photos and reading about the project.



-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska,

16 comments so far

View gimmo's profile


39 posts in 1305 days

#1 posted 01-24-2016 07:31 AM

very nice work, what are the inner dimensions you use on these? I ask only because I would like to make one for myself!

-- Stan, Southville, Ky

View recycle1943's profile


1117 posts in 1045 days

#2 posted 01-24-2016 11:56 AM

Beautiful work and great results. Don’t understand how the recipient will enjoy it tho -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

View OldGuysRule's profile


130 posts in 396 days

#3 posted 01-24-2016 11:57 AM

I love the way you used the willow!!!

It really is a very eye catching piece!

Shame it’s going to end up buried.

Great Craftsmanship!!!!

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

View a1Jim's profile


115177 posts in 3000 days

#4 posted 01-24-2016 03:36 PM

Very nice work Dave and a interesting story.

-- Custom furniture

View david38's profile


2394 posts in 1766 days

#5 posted 01-24-2016 04:45 PM

looks great

View NormG's profile


5434 posts in 2427 days

#6 posted 01-24-2016 06:01 PM

I am sure they are over joyed with the outcome. Great piece

-- Norman

View tinnman65's profile


1293 posts in 2837 days

#7 posted 01-24-2016 10:32 PM

Very nice work, I agree with a1Jim great story.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

View pottzgt's profile


34 posts in 284 days

#8 posted 01-24-2016 10:43 PM

That casket is to die for. Beautiful work.

-- Terry, Grants Pass, OR - It's not how fast you want to go but how much money you've got to get there...

View gsimon's profile


1153 posts in 1536 days

#9 posted 01-25-2016 12:13 AM

nice use of the willow for sure and great job overall

-- Greg Simon

View Gixxerjoe04's profile


833 posts in 999 days

#10 posted 01-25-2016 03:16 AM

Very nice, I just wonder how odd it is for them to have their casket just chilling at their house waiting to be used haha.

View JimInNM's profile


216 posts in 639 days

#11 posted 01-25-2016 03:26 AM

What a ride…........Very nice way to incorporate the willow

-- JimInNM........Space Case

View hoss12992's profile


3814 posts in 1316 days

#12 posted 01-25-2016 04:35 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

View JoeinGa's profile


7383 posts in 1430 days

#13 posted 01-25-2016 02:31 PM

Very nice looking piece. The willow corner pieces sorta look like bones. I like it !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View Burb's profile


109 posts in 1793 days

#14 posted 01-26-2016 02:05 AM

This turned out wonderfully. Someday I’d like to make my own casket, though I don’t have room to store one for what I’m hoping would be decades before being used.

-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

View grizzman's profile


7782 posts in 2726 days

#15 posted 01-26-2016 04:22 AM

beautiful work dave, i was wondering about your walnut, but then i could see it was veneer, they look great, if you would be interested in a trade, ive got a bunch of walnut and heart pine i would trade for a casket…just roll this way in your rig one of these next summers, and we can load you up…...:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics