Urn For Brother in Law

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Project by jm82435 posted 04-01-2010 09:45 PM 2498 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Brother-in-law, Steve, passed away last week. He had been sick for about a year. He was a pretty unique individual. I found in him a kindred spirit. We shared a lot in common. He grew up on a ranch in Meeteetse Wyo. So he worked horses and livestock growing up. While in high school he flew his Piper Cub to school, landing it on the football field. Apparently his principal wasn’t as impressed as I was hearing the story… He was a mechanical genius, held many patents for equipment he developed. His preferred medium was high strength aluminum, he loved the stuff and made everything from remote release load hooks for helicopters, air portable drilling rigs, beds, desks, greenhouse, just about anything you could think of out of it. He was one of the best welders I have seen. If I was half as good a welder as he, I would have made the urn out of aluminum. I thought about it, but knew I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. But I digress. A couple of months ago he became too weak to work in the oil fields. I think because he was trying to eat as healthy as he could and/ or being bored at the house, he started watching cooking shows. Watching the chefs on TV, he got the idea he needed a butcher block. He asked me, would I make him one if he got the material? Of course I agreed to. There is a sawmill near his place and he went over to get some maple. We live in Wyoming so it isn’t like you can really expect a sawmill to have any hardwoods and the only maple they had was in the burn pile. He loaded it up and brought it over to my shop. It was pretty badly rotten, punky, checked and even full of grubs, I can see why it was in the burn pile. Anyway, I obviously didn’t want to disappoint him that the material he had worked so hard to acquire was not good enough to make a block out of, so I just used some other material for his block. When my sister-in-law asked me to make an urn for him, this stuff came to mind. Like Steve the urn isn’t delicate, showy or refined. It is, I think, fittingly rough, full of character, with a rustic flare of nature…
Thanks for indulging my little tribute to my friend.

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

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 10:09 PM

I’m sorry for your family’s loss.

Lovely job…one your brotherinlaw would be proud of!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 11:28 PM

dam, sorry to hear the world lost another great person. very nice job on the urn! It would have been great to see one made from aluminum.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 11:51 PM

A beautiful and lasting tribute.

Great job.

My prayers go out to you and all of his family.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 11:59 PM

I am very sorry for you loss, John, and for your Wife and Family’s loss as well.
Great Job on the Urn, my Friend…

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

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 12:18 AM

Sorry for your loss. It shows great respect that you took the time to show tribute to you BIL. Rest assured he is proud to be in it.


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#6 posted 04-02-2010 01:11 AM

a great tribute ,
and fitting you used the wood
’ rough and tumble ’ as he was .

sorry for your family’s loss .
may he rest in peace !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 04:04 AM

Great way to remember someone this special. The urn is quite fitting. Sorry to your whole family for the loss of Steve.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 04:14 AM

Im sorry for your family’s loss. Your story is very heartwarming and it is soo cool that you used the wood that he picked out.

-- "There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far. "

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 04:23 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve had to make a couple of these lately, and I know how emotionally difficult it can be. However, I also know how much it means to the family. Very nice job.

-- Bruce, San Jose, Ca

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#10 posted 04-02-2010 04:25 AM

Sorry for your loss and your family and your sister, the urn looks very nice may he rest in peace great work.

-- jim

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 05:50 AM

a very fitting tribute to any man!! well done

-- wiser1934, new york

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 05:57 AM

what a great story ..thanks for sharing it with us..your brother in law sound slike a unique person , and one that you related too..our prayers are with you and your family..great urn you made…

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

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#13 posted 04-03-2010 08:07 PM

Thanks everyone.

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

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