|Project by Triman||posted 03-02-2010 07:38 PM||2323 views||13 times favorited||35 comments|
This is my second urn in about 3 months, and I hope to not have to make any more, for a very long time.
My Dad recently passed, and my Mom asked me to make a keepsake/urn, as I recently did for my Brother. I used birdseye maple for the box, divider, and tray bottom. I used quilted maple for the sleeve/ash compartment, and amboyna burl for the tray sides, splines, and lid detail.
The quilted maple sleeve acts as a ledge, which the divider rests on. No one will ever see this sleeve again, which is almost a shame, as the figure is absolutely beautiful. The ashes go in that lower compartment. I then made the keepsake tray, using the burl for the sides, with a single birdseye maple spline in each corner. My Mon plans on keeping a few things, such as his watch, glasses, and a few photos in the keepsake tray.
My Dad was an ordained American Baptist minister, so I wanted to incorporate a cross somehow, without it being too obvious. He would have liked it being kept as an artistic part of the box. So, I used the amboyna burl to create a cross of sorts. I spent about 2hours at the lumber store picking out the right piece, that was also large enough to use for all of the required parts. I then gently sloped the lid to give it a pleasing curve. I finished all surfaces with 5 coats of tung oil finish.
I included 5 splines on each corner, to represent each of our 5 members of our family. My Mom and Sister seemed pleased, and I think that my recently departed Brother and Dad would be too!
-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca www.spotofwood.com