Canoe Caskets Let You Set Sail On Your Final Voyage
Handcrafted full length all wood canoe caskets. With a twist of the wrist breaks down to just the casket for either burial or cremation.
Until the time for the "Final Voyage" it can be used as bookshelf. After the Final Voyage it can used as an urn and memorial.
If you have been searching for a truly unique way to prepare for your bon voyage from this world, the handcrafted canoe casket may be just the ticket. Each casket features beautiful, one-of-a- kind wood strip construction and can serve multiple functions before and after its final purpose.
How this came to be starting with the spark of inspiration.
The Final Voyage The Story of the Caskets (In their own words):
My sister Gerri smoked cigarettes, got lung cancer and died at the age of 44 after a long drawn out affair in which she withered away to nothing in my mom's home, with all the family around to watch her pass on. It was painful for everyone to watch. Later, while shopping for caskets, and standing next to one of my other family members we were chatting about how she went out. I mentioned that I'd not want to put anyone thru the same extended pain as my sister had, just put me in my canoe with a bundle of dynamite and I'd just push the button myself! Then I thought to myself, no. This would be messy and someone would have to clean up after me and I'd not want to bother someone so, then I thought to just bury me in my canoe and the idea was born right then and there, in the memory of my sister. Out of the ashes rose Phoenix Boatworks on that day.
The idea was born, but it was merely an idea. I didn't know just what I'd have to go thru to come up with the first canoe casket as I started my research. Could I somehow adapt a current boat design or kit? Nope, found out what I wanted I could not find in any design to adapt to make work. I studied many different boat designs of all kinds and melded them into one theory and proceeded to rough out the thought into paper and wood, it took several tries, then several more. I had the vision of the shape of what I wanted and slowly the features needed got worked out. Then I had to figure out just how to build these features, I was not a woodworker or had the tools. The journey continues, each day a new set of problems to work out, many ideas would come and go, and then sometimes come back. Some were easy, some not so, all had to be worked out.
"A problem can have different solutions but sometimes one solution is so good it creates it's own problems".
This is the prototype. It was meant to help me learn what it was that I was going to build. It would demonstrate the techniques I would need for each feature of the process of building it. As I got up to the gunnel I found it difficult to engineer these sections without the rest of the structure firmed up so back down to the keel it went yet again. To develop the shape of the hull it would go back and forth from the keel on up until I had what I was looking for. Now was it's last time and to set everything that was temporary into permanent form, there was no going back from here!
Time again for new discoveries and major innovations as I was about to learn all about what it was to bead and cove the strips for assembly. Originally I was not going to use this method but each step forward is a learning experience, Each day a new set of challenges to overcome. The bead and cove experience would really change things up for me and it required new equipment, welcome the planer. It was a major investment on my shoe string budget, especially considering I wear sandals almost year around! Then there was the router tables. One by one the details got worked out until I was producing strips that had the bead and cove routed into them and then it was back to stripping the boat. Again I developed new techniques not used by others but I adapted what I've learned to fit my needs on this hybrid design.