|Project by upriver||posted 562 days ago||955 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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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