Walnut Cremation Urn

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Project by Michael1 posted 09-01-2011 07:02 AM 1650 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Cremation Urn I made for my sons 12 year old friend who suddenly became ill and passed away. He was very active in his school band and very active in his church. His parent requested a design that would incorporate his love for music and the church into the urn. It is constructed if Black walnut with a soft maple inlay. My wife spent a 25 year career as a graphic artist so she drew the silhouette of him plying his saxophone in a pen and ink drawing directly on the maple. To finish the piece I sprayed a very light mist coat of brushable lacquer by Cabot to keep the ink from reacting to the solvent in the lacquer. Then after it was dry to the touch, I finished with 4 more coats of spray lacquer. The top is a in lay of burl walnut. I considered carving the cross but was nervous of the prospect as I have never attempted much relief carving.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 10:17 AM

Sorry to hear about your sons friend, very sad! What a beautiful Urn you have made for them to keep hi memeroies alive. Great job all the way around on this project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 12:02 PM

Great Job on a sad one Michael…
So sorry for your son’s friend…

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

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 06:45 PM

Sorry to hear this, Our Condolences, You have made a fitting tribute for Him, This was a very kind gesture, our prays are with the Family, and all whom share in this loss

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 07:50 PM

beautiful gesture!

-- -Thomas -

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 07:54 PM

Thank you for your comments. Being in the Funeral Supply Business, I have never had to make a casket or urn for someone I personally Knew. Knowing this boy made it a little difficult to build.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 12:20 AM

A beautiful piece. I’m sure it means a lot to his folks.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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