After over a year of looking for an urn that felt like the right fit, a couple happened upon my website and reached out to me. I rarely take on commissioned work, but their story touched me and I felt moved to help. They wanted something natural and not overly ornate.
My smaller lidded bowls frequently are purchased as pet urns. However, this was my first time creating a piece with the intention of being used as an urn. As a result, this project was incredibly moving and meaningful to me.
After a trip out to the old tobacco barn where I store my drying wood, I returned to my shop with a large piece of cherry sustainably sourced in Fayette County, Kentucky. I paired this cherry with walnut from right here in Bourbon County for the lid and hand-carved finial.
The cherry features beautiful figuring and a dramatic contrast between the heartwood and sapwood. I finished the wood with walnut oil followed by a protective coating of carnauba wax and beeswax to provide a durable finish and rich luster.
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A little about me….
I’m a historical archaeologist and spend my days excavating sites, analyzing artifacts, and writing up my findings. When I’m not in the field, you’ll find me in my woodshop. I primarily use found and reclaimed wood from here in Central Kentucky. It’s my hope that incorporating elements of the wood as I found it into each piece serves as a reminder that the object you see once was part of a beautiful, living tree. Learn more about me and my shop here.