A little unusual job. I had the honour of making a coffin for a friend.
It was a lovely surpise to asked by our old friends the Palmer's to make a coffin for Will.
When you hear of a tragedy, anyone's impulse is always to offer help, often though there is little we really can do other than just be there. Claire and Will's boys Tom and George wanted to use the timber Will had kept back for a special project that he had never got around to. So when Claire and the boys decided to make it into his coffin, they approached me -it was really nice to be able to say 'yep, I can do that!'
Made mostly from elm (with a cedar base) that Will had got from a farm he had worked on when Claire and he were first married in Knebworth. The sides were simply comb jointed a planked base and the lid left with its wainey edge. Completely sustainable and as is often the way the traditional way and timber to use on english coffins.
A really rewarding job, a real privilege.