Conversion of manners and green coffins

“Conversion of manners” is a term from the world of Benedictine monks. What does it have to do with green burial and coffins? At Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial home of Piedmont Pine Coffins, we like to say we take inspiration from monks and monasteries — primarily the Benedictine tradition. Benedict’s monks down the ages […]

New Monasticism in the Garden at Melleray Farmstead

Let there be a garden for the New Monasticism at Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial home of Piedmont Pine Coffins. Before I get to the New Monasticism, however, here are some borrowings from the Old. We’re not old monks here — we’re a young family — but we do echo some old ways. The official […]

Tiny Houses: Melleray Farmstead American Gothic

Thanks to IndyWeek¬†for this recent tiny house profile of Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial hub for Piedmont Pine Coffins! For more tiny houses, see Tiny House Listings and its collected expertise courtesy of Steven Harrell. Indy Week, if you didn’t know, is the central NC arts, entertainment, and politics newsweekly. Check out the photo of […]

DIY pine box coffin paint

This past weekend it was time to bottle¬†black walnut stain. At Piedmont Pine Coffins, we sometimes use the stain as an all-natural finishing touch for the coffins, one of many options for decoration. At Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial home of the coffin workshop, we often use the stain for homemade (and store-bought) furniture inside […]

Pine coffin workshop on ice at Melleray Farmstead

If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now. After weathering the great Valentine’s Day Ice Storm of 2014, it’s time to build a new workshop for Piedmont Pine Coffins. If you didn’t know, our current workshop is out in the open air. There’s an overhang, yes — call it a porch. There is a tool […]