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. After agreeing to make one full-size urn, they asked me to make a second, slightly smaller urn.
My smaller lidded bowls frequently are purchased as pet urns. However, this was my first time creating a piece specifically for use as an urn. As a result, this project was incredibly moving and meaningful to me.
For this wooden urn, I used cherry and walnut both responsibly sourced here in Bourbon County, Kentucky. I knew the piece of cherry had great potential. However, it had cracks that made it structurally unsound leaving holes that, while features in my other work, would make the piece untenable for use as an urn. As a result, to save the piece I filled the gaps with clear epoxy. The clear epoxy allows the piece to be stable and solid while also not detracting from the beauty of the wood.
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.
Overall, I am quite pleased with how each wooden urn turned out. Even more fulfilling is that the clients loved them.
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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.