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My Sisters Urn

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Project by John Hansen posted 05-08-2017 08:33 PM 665 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Urn for my little sister. This was my first attempt at making anything on my lathe. She was 35 when she passed so I made this with 35 segments using Curly Maple. I wasn’t sure on how to do it so I cut and planed 35 wedges that fit together, then I cut the profile shape out if every wedge with my band-saw. I glued all the cut wedges together and then clamped it by completely wrapping it with a very long bungee cord. It worked perfectly. I carved a simple snowflake into the lid and added the phrase, “It’s all good” on the bottom because that was her philosophy. This was extremely difficult to make because it was within days of her passing. It was finished in 2 days, then I made her headstone. I hand etched the everything onto a piece of black granite, painted white into the etch-marks and scraped off the excess all in one day. The grass along the bottom spells out “It’s all good” the bumblebee is the dot in the “i” – This was 9 years ago and I think of her everyday.

-- John Hansen





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shipwright

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#1 posted 05-08-2017 10:14 PM

Well done John. A difficult job bit a labour of love with memories at every turn. I made one for my mom five years ago and I can say the same.
Some jobs are just more significant than others.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 10:41 PM

Like the snowflake, I’d say that is one of a kind. I’m certain your sister is pleased.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-09-2017 12:33 AM

Really beautiful John. I know your sister loves her new home for the all of eternity. I know my three sisters love theirs.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 01:24 AM

Beautiful project, thoughtfully done. Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 03:26 PM

Well, I’m sorry for your loss but it certainly is a beautiful urn. I love all of the nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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