Ashes To Ashes
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The urns glued up.When you know how to build furniture, you sometimes find yourself commissioned to make a piece that's a little out of the ordinary.That's where I am now.Among my current jobs is a pair of urns to hold the ashes of my client's partner.
This kind of job is extra-meaningful for me.I ask myself why.Why should building a pair of elegant wooden boxes to hold the remains of someone who's no longer even here feel more significant, considering that I take every commission seriously? After all, it's a privilege to be asked to design and build something my regular clients will use every day; there's a level of trust in the arrangement that's sadly missing from so many of our everyday interactions.
Does it get any better than having people pay you to do what you love, whether it's building a sideboard or a kitchen? For me, what's different about this kind of work is that it comes in response to loss.
The vessel built to hold a loved one's ashes has to be among the most truly liminal artifacts we can make: simultaneously a memorial - an object designed to give the loved one an...