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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 03-27-2014 01:57 PM 648 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackie_

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03-27-2014 01:57 PM

OK so I’m driving back home from the post office after shipping off a new custom order sale I had just completed and received a phone call but waited until I got home to listen to the message, A customer (lady) living in the same local area I live in wanted to buy one of my boxes, she found me by way of google which brought her to my facebook business page, she asked if she could come by and look and see what I have, I asked her what she was looking for that I have boxes for men, women and general purpose and wanted to make sure I had what she was looking for, she responded that she needed something quick and General Purpose, she only gave me the dimensions of the size box she was looking for so I told her she was more then welcome to come by and take a look at what I have. Once she arrived she explained that the box was for her mother’s ashes and was to be buried in the ground, she and her family are Jewish and needed it quickly so I wasn’t given the opportunity to build her a nice custom box, I was caught off guard for a min about putting one of my lovely boxes in the ground but quickly came to the conclusion and senses in my head that her mother would need the very best and thought it would be an honor and also what the customer does with the box is their business not mine, the box in question sold for $300.00 and she was quite pleased with her choice.

Since they were Jewish she liked the fact that most of my boxes were from local natural woods that were already dead and ready for landfills. She was hoping to get one of my Redbud boxes but due to the tree size those boxes were not big enough, they had to have an all wood box no nails and little metal as possible hence I use wooden hinges made it perfect.

Ironically, the wood Hackberry used for this box actually came out of from one of the grave sites at our family cemetery but I didn’t tell the customer that.

The box she purchased to lay her mothers ashes in was this one.

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-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 02:05 PM

she made an excellent choice on the box its beautiful.if i had made a box that nice i’d feel the same about putting it in the ground,but for your mother nothing is too good!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 02:21 PM

Great story for a beautiful box!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 02:41 PM

Very nice Randy! That may actually be a marketing idea for you, placing such boxes in local funeral homes… Hmm…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 02:43 PM

Wow! That is beautiful. Thanks for sharing that story

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 02:55 PM

Love this beautiful story. She could not have made a better choice.
I have had similar feelings and experience when asked by a women to inlay her fathers ashes in a ring for her so that he could be with her all of the time.
Thank you for sharing.

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 03:55 PM

Thanks all for the wonderful comments.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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redSLED

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 04:07 PM

Thanks for posting – that was a nice story.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#8 posted 03-27-2014 04:41 PM

Randy,

Although your box may not be above ground it holds a family treasure for all of time. A craftsman/artisan can’t ask for more. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-27-2014 09:05 PM

You are honored by your box being used for that purpose. Last year I made 2 boxes out of our native cedar/juniper wood for a friend whose wife and her sister had recently died. He wanted the boxes to be big enough for some mementos so they were 12×12x12 OD. I did as perfect as job as I was capable of doing, with large finger joints and wood-burning and painting to embellish. I was careful with the finish so that it would look great. I did get appreciation at the burial when they were on display, and then I screwed the tops on. Then they were lowered 6’ into the hole and covered with concrete. Anything less would have not been respectful, and I was happy.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 03-27-2014 09:11 PM

Thanks Red, Thomas and Donna.

Donna, that was a great story, thanks for sharing.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#11 posted 03-27-2014 09:15 PM

I wonder why there seems to be a need to screw down the top of the box ? and cover with concrete too? Maybe it is just traditional.But I wonder why? Beautiful box by the way and cheap at $300 bucks. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 03-27-2014 09:29 PM

Scotsman, I’m thinking that Donna’s lid may not have been attached thus the reason for the screws? As for as religion goes it was a lesson learned for me that Judaism bury their deceased quickly within 24 hours or what time allows and they use wooden boxes with no metal what so ever.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#13 posted 03-28-2014 12:09 AM

You should be honored that your box was chosen. Great story. Nice work you do.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Eric in central Florida

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#14 posted 03-28-2014 12:29 AM

Great box and I’m sure the family is pleased with it.
And it was smart not to question the family’s intention of placing the box in the ground. Once it’s theirs; it’s theirs.
I don’t get what you mean by “Since they were Jewish she liked the fact that most of my boxes were from local natural woods that were already dead and ready for landfills.” Is that some religious ritual of the Jewish Faith?
Also, it sounds like instead of seeking you out intentionally, she was desperate for a box quickly, and the Google search to your Facebook business page scored you a sale.
Nice work in advertising your wares. It pays.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 03-28-2014 03:01 AM

Hi Eric

As for as their religion yes they are particular in the box they use, it has to be a pure wooden box without metal and you are correct in that she needed something quick, they don’t believe in embalming and also they are quick to bury within at least 24 hours of death, only she was cremated.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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