Maple Live-Edge Urn

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Project by upriver posted 782 days ago 1111 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was honored to be asked by a dear friend to make the urn when her husband recently lost the battle with cancer. He was a big supporter of my hand-tool interest and a bit of an ecologist, so she asked that I build it of local materials. This is from a maple tree in my yard, and the tray (intended to close off the bottom area as well as provide a place for photos, wedding rings, etc) is from Port Orford cedar which I did not mill myself but is local. I kept just a hint of live edge on the lid to keep the connection to natural source of the material. The bottom is a raised panel (“raised” downwards). I finished it (BLO/Varnish) inside and out, not something I normally do but I wanted the interior to also show the beautiful figure of the maple. This was done entirely with hand tools and was deeply rewarding work. I hope he likes it as much as I enjoyed building it.

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#1 posted 782 days ago

That is a masterpiece from the selection of wood to the execution of the box. It is a Urn that she will treasure.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#2 posted 782 days ago

Very nice,very nice!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 782 days ago

You did your friend and his wife justice….very nice

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 781 days ago

Your friend will be honored to rest in this masterly urn.
However, it might be a bit more politically correct to refer to it as natural edge rather than live edge, seeing the use it is intended for.


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

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#5 posted 781 days ago

You did a masterful job on this urn. It is a wonderful tribute to both your skill and your friend’s memory.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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