|Project by brian4star||posted 11-14-2011 11:57 PM||3077 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
When my best friend’s first grandson died at 10 1/2 weeks old he asked me to help him and his son to build a casket for baby Winston. The father really wanted to do this, we had just a few days. I designed this based on a picture he had and adjusted the size to an infant. The babies parents have no money so we put out requests for help.
Got the lumber free from another friend who works at a hardwood store and had lost his first son the day he was born. 4) 10” x 7” Western Red Cedar that someone had purchased years ago but never picked up. The woman who did the lining had lost one of her twin sons at an early age as well.
The woodworking had to be done quickly, basically frame and panel sides and back and top. One of the babies uncles did the staining, another sprayed on the gloss finish, a friend of the family provided the hardware. Due to the time frame I had to let a lot of the “perfect” joinery be done good enough, no one else seemed to see the little flaws.
Found out that woodworking can be VERY therapeutic and offer a certain peace as you’re working together on something like this. They buried Winston this morning. The project touched many lives, stirred up precious memories for some involved, brought all of us a little bit closer.