Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wood Urn ~ Maple & African Padauk

Wood Urn ~ Maple & African Padauk

This wood box urn is made from african padauk with a liner of maple as a contrasting colour. The padauk is a beautiful red hued wood, and the natural oil and beeswax finish really brought out the colour and grain. I also added several beads inlaid to the sides of the box as a special memorial – the beads belonged to my mom before she passed, and now they will help hold my friend’s ashes.

Using exotic hardwoods is not something I usually recommend, unless I know that the wood is not endangered or restricted. I feel it’s important to understand how our choices impact the world around us, including places that we can’t see or visit easily.

What are some of the factors to think about when considering whether a foreign-sourced wood would be suitable for a project? Continue reading Wood Urn ~ Maple & African Padauk

Beautiful Memorial

Beautiful Memorial

A memorial urn for a dear friend who passed last year. I was honoured to be asked to craft a special wooden box for an urn, and I really enjoyed the process of creating the urn, from choosing the right wood, to carving the top with some of her favourite images – a lotus flower and a dragonfly.

It meant a lot to me that I was able to give the box to her husband in person last weekend. I will post more photos of the urn in a few days so you can see the carving more closely.

~Tim