A Place to Rest

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Project by RobertKleeman posted 01-05-2012 03:31 AM 2593 views 14 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An old and friend approached me about making an urn for the final resting place of his recently passed and long time four legged companion.

At first the project felt to be a daunting task. Fret with concerns about creating a suitable vessel, I procrastinated by re-designing on paper, and in my head, instead of using my hands. A common (I think) but time consuming error.

The morning I finally laid out the blocks of wood and began piecing the design together in a solid form, everything changed.

Turning the columns

The turning of the columns and the fitting of the parts chose their own alignments and proportions, and the hours swept by without notice. Covered in wood shavings and absorbed in the process, my hesitations took their well deserved place on the floor alongside the chips and dust.

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 03:44 AM

Absolutely wonderful. Some real empathy, certainly, was a primary component.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 03:47 AM

Empathy almost kept me from making it at all!

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 03:49 AM

a great design and super build.

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 04:03 AM


If ever … anything … could take even a sliver of the sting out of the pain of loss … it’s this project.

Beautiful. Touching. Wonderful.

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 04:12 AM

Nice job, I highly respect those that remember our animal friends this way.
Super work, congrats.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 04:30 AM

Remarkable project and so fitting for a mans best friend : )
You have to be proud of this accomplishment !

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 04:45 AM

that is lovely and if bigger would be fitting for man a well done job i love it 5 out of 5 stars

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 04:47 AM

Very well done. We would all hope to be honored in such a distinguished manner.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 04:56 AM

Very nice design excellently crafted. Well done!


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 05:18 AM

Nicely Done. What is the trim that you used around the top and bottom?

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 05:39 AM

Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for showing the evolution of the piece.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 06:05 AM

Its a stock inlay from Woodcraft.

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 06:41 AM

you did a great job,and are a good friend

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 10:55 AM

Wow super job. Love the details.

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

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#15 posted 01-05-2012 12:29 PM

Hi Robert.

If I were you, I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a request to do a matching one in “people size” so when the time comes, (may it be far in the future) master and pet may rest together in such beautiful style. This outshines most urns intended for humans that I have seen. You may have unintentionally discovered an opportunity to produce items for people like your friend. I know monetary value had no place in your thoughts when you were building this. It was simply your friend’s pain that motivated you in an attempt to relieve some small part of that pain. Still, there is a demand for these things and they go for some princely sums when anywhere near the quality of your tribute to friendship.

Thank you very much for sharing, both the project and the story behind it.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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