Ashes To Ashes, Sawdust To Sawdust

"Ashes to Ashes, Sawdust to Sawdust" came to me as a very personal build. It was designed to hold the ashes of a beloved family woodworker, my uncle.

The main woods used in the urn are Curly Cherry and Walnut. They were the woods mostly used by my uncle. The stripe going around the urn is Bolivian Rosewood and Paduak. The splines are also Paduak. The legs are Curly Maple and Cocobolo. They are angled to accentuate the angles of the urn. The lid is made from a figured piece of Walnut that I cut into three, reversed the middle section, added thin cherry pieces and glued back together. Reversing the middle piece changed the "light and dark" aspects of the walnut so that it pulled your eye over the curve of the lid. The spire on the lid is made from Bubinga. It was cut using a compound cut technique on a scroll saw. I lined the interior of the urn with 220 sandpaper so he would feel at home. Finish is a BLO/Varnish/Mineral Spirits wipe and then waxed. The entire design of the urn was based on my interpretation of an Egyptian arc.


"Ashes to Ashes, Sawdust to Sawdust" is of course in a private collection but if you like the design aspects another urn/box, based on this, could be designed.

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