Cremation Urns and other Funerary Items

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Project by dan mosheim posted 11-02-2009 05:26 AM 2764 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We lost two friends last Monday, which put me in a ‘pause and reflect’ mode for most of the week and weekend. I made a box for the ashes of one friend and I have written two blog posts about it, one about life, and death, and one about step by step making of the dovetailed box ….
Check them out if you’re interested …

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 05:30 AM

A great job on the urn but a sad one

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#2 posted 11-02-2009 05:53 AM

That’s nice work. Sorry about your loss.

What’s with the otter? Nice pic.

-- Tony

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 04:24 PM

Sorry for your loss. Nothing will make you stop and think more than loosing a loved one. Use it to make your life better. I found that it is the one of the only times when we think about what really matters and life’s superficial things don’t cloud your judgement.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 01:08 AM

Beautiful work, Dan. I enjoyed your Blogs as well. I hope you’ll pardon me if I say it is my most sincere wish, that you won’t have need to do this sort of work again anytime soon.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 03:02 AM

Great Lookin urn

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 05:46 PM

Beautiful workmanship and results. I never thought of cutting the tails on the table saw. Nice results.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 06:00 PM

Beautiful urn. Sorry for your losses. I know what that is like. I find a kindred spirit in your work. I too have had to built funerary items for my parents and some other loved ones. It is as you said, a privilege; but none the less a heartbreaking task. You do fantastic work. The families, I am sure, appreciate the work you have done on their loved ones behalf.
Thank you for sharing your talents and projects with us all.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 11-22-2009 04:22 AM


I can’t say I know how you feel but I certainly know what you feel. More of a brother than an in-law that died two months ago. I made him a box too. It was the least I could do. It has happened or will happen to each of us. It is true equality. All grieve with you, each in their own way.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#9 posted 07-19-2011 09:53 AM

sad news…but your cremation urns are looking good…

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#10 posted 09-04-2013 12:10 AM

I realize you posted this over 2 years ago but I just saw your work. I am seeking ideas on an urn to build for a friend that died recently. Your work is very thoughtful. Thank you

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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