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Occie gilliam

505 posts in 1933 days


1212 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: casket sick cremation

There was a something on building your own casket a while back
I was excited and turn off at the same time.
Where would you keep it?
Would you show it to friends? Would you let them try it out for size?
Would you make alteration?
Change your mind about the finish. Now this next thing is real gross.
Stop here because it could freak you out
Only the strong should scroll down and read it
Maybe I’m a little sick
Scroll down if you dare

I was thinking about when I die what I wonted done with my body
Cremation is my first choice. But each day I say this little prayer that go like this
Thank you sun for another day of life on plaint earth
Thank you rain for clean water to drink
Thank you plants for oxygen to breath
Thank you animals and plants for nourishing
My body and some day I will nourish yours.
Until the day of cremation and thaw it out
Take it to a butcher for deboneing, put the bones back in the
Cremation box
Take the meat and feed it to my dogs Witch I dearly love.
I would live on some in my doges. Better then in some bug or worm.
Is this sick or what? I know I’m sick but I’m getting better
Or is it sicker?

And I got to thinking that they could keep me frozen

Another thing I’m trying to do is get a handicapped plate for my
Motorcycle. It could be #1 my age should do the trick or get my license
Taken away. Ant life fun. Getting old gives you a license to do crazy things
And get away with it.
I think somebody sneaks around unzipping my fly. It’s always open.
later

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com


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patron

13021 posts in 1978 days


#1 posted 1212 days ago

art is in the eye of the beholder

and so is life
and all it’s permutations
and gifts

i guess whatever turns you on
or off as the case may be

i have enough trouble
figuring out my own life
i certainly don’t know what to tell you how to feel

enjoy
the details will take care of themselves

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 1211 days ago

Hey, come on Occie, you sound down at the moment. We all have the problem of getting old, well the body gets old but we can keep the mind young by being active. Get out to the shed Occie and get the lathe revving. Your message was certainly weird mate just remember life is fun so get out and enjoy it.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Gregn

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#3 posted 1211 days ago

At one point in our lives we take a peek into the darker side of life on this earth. Many shy from it, while yet there are those that embrace it.

I refer to the body as a carcass in which many say is sick. It is not until I’m allowed to explain do they understand the beauty of its meaning. After all, in woodworking isn’t a carcass a shell of better things to come. We start out a project building a carcass to add to its beauty and function. When we have finished we call it a thing of beauty or function.
So in effect are we not a carcass that we add character and knowledge to in preparation of what lies beyond this life we now live.

As in woodworking there is a journey in a project that has a beginning and an end, so it is with life. Its what we do on that journey that makes us who we are and how we are remembered.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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richgreer

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#4 posted 1211 days ago

My father died last November. We knew for months prior to his death that he was failing. I really wanted to make a casket for him, but I could not get family buy-in on the idea and I didn’t want to cause any additional tension in the family so I did not build a casket.

Then the time came when we had to pick out a casket. The almost all of the basic wood caskets were made with poplar veneer with different stains and they all cost around $3000. I had plans to build one out of solid walnut (his favorite wood) and I know I could have made the wood part with less than $300. The liners for the inside and the hardware are available for a total cost of about another $300. Such a casket would have been immensely nicer than the poplar veneer we ended up buying.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Occie gilliam

505 posts in 1933 days


#5 posted 1211 days ago

will said patron, Bob, Greg, and Rich
i wrote it some what as a sick joke, but what you said is very true
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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William

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#6 posted 1211 days ago

I don’t like getting all religious on people, but with my various health problems, I have faced my own mortality long ago and came to accept it. With that thought in mind, because of my beliefs, they can use my body for road tar. I don’t care, my soul will be what matters, and I know where it’s going.
All that being said. If I knew the day and time so I could plan it properly, I’d love to build my own casket. However, without knowing the exact point in time, my wife would never let me keep my casket around until needed. She doesn’t even like to talk about the chances of me ever dying.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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JaronDaWizard

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#7 posted 1209 days ago

Same here.

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Occie gilliam

505 posts in 1933 days


#8 posted 1209 days ago

hi JaronDaWizard
welcome to LJ’s
if the picture is your now age, i feared death a lot more at your ages
then i do now
life is good
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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William

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#9 posted 1209 days ago

You bring up another interesting point Occie.
When you are young, most people fear death. As we get older (or in my case health reasons) and closer to death, we don’t fear it like we once did. Come to think of it, that seems kind of backwards.
I feel I’ve lived a good life though. You can look at death without regrets when you realize (at any age) that if you died tomorrow, you’ve lived a full life.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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patron

13021 posts in 1978 days


#10 posted 1209 days ago

i spent years determined to overcome my dysfunctional past
saying that even if only for one week
i was going to be happy

then one day i had this thought

what if you get run over by a truck
the week before

so i started being happy right there and then
it comes from within
and i may just have another 20 to make it even better

why wait

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Occie gilliam

505 posts in 1933 days


#11 posted 1209 days ago

thanks William
that’s the point i wonted to make
the fear i had around ten about death was
like being in the meddle of a field and seeing a bull
and the fence is a long ways away.
i don’t fear dying any thing like i did then, i fear not using what i have left doing
what really turns me on. i love taking a piece of wood and
turning it into something nice to look at and not lose the wood story.
a lot of the wood that’s around here now, this is the last of it.
I bought a cocobolo limb 3 to 5 in round and four feet long

i have this wood that im working on that was a coffee plant that was replaced
because i was 12 years old. very hard and almost white.it was pruned 12 times
wow this guy (me) never shuts up
is some one there
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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Occie gilliam

505 posts in 1933 days


#12 posted 1209 days ago

hi David
i think this is the happiest i have been so for in my life.
the divorce was good for me, she was always going a 100 MPH
and me 71 wow has things slowed down seance….

I eat well, have two lady’s come in ounce a week
clean the house top to bottom a grounds keeper keeps the yard looking good.
George my friend who works for me full time, he can’t wait to do thing for me
and he is very sharp and very good. i do all of this on less then two thousand a month
you know you lived here before, you can get a lot for your money if you do it right.
this is the place if you like hard wood, and good weather year round
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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HallTree

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#13 posted 1209 days ago

A friend sent this to me the other day.
===================================================================
With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote ‘The Hokie Pokey,’ died peacefully At the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him Into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started. Shut up. You know it’s funny.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Occie gilliam

505 posts in 1933 days


#14 posted 1208 days ago

hi Ron
yes its funny,
had to read it twice just waking up
Occie

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you too-oc@hotmail.com mail.com

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Bluepine38

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#15 posted 1208 days ago

We had a local, OK a few miles up north, casket company that built the old style pine caskets, wide at the
shoulder and tapering towards the head and feet. One favorite model came with shelves, so you could
stand it up and use it as a liquor cabinet until it was needed for its original purpose, and then you would
have to have a proper Irish wake to empty it. Reminds me of some of the Irish wakes up Dublin Gulch
in Butte, (No I do not dare go there, would take too long). The Charashim Woodworks Inc in St. Ignatius,
Mt makes caskets and lines them with colorful Pendelton wool blankets. After working in a funeral home/
furniture store while going to college and seeing the money spent on caskets, many times with the owner trying to talk the family into a less expensive model they could afford, I decided it would be best if I was buried
in one I had built, so I guess that will have to be my next project, now what brand of single malt scotch
should I stock it with? Death need not be sad, unless we have not really lived, guess it is time to go play
in the woodworking shop until it is time to go play on the rowing machine for a while.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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