Decline and fall of the Romaine Empire

At Melleray Farmstead, cottage-industrial home to Piedmont Pine Coffins, there’s a big garden with a deer-proof fence. Go to market with lettuce? Yes, please, that’s the dream. But that was before the decline and fall of my romaine empire. For new readers just joining in, we operate on 32 pleasant acres of fields and woods […]

The outhouse joke

The outhouse joke. Recently, when coffinworks visitors Marshall and Donald toured our place, it called to mind their growing-up years on a dairy farm in Iredell County and the following outhouse story: My father had an outhouse with two seats. One day one of the hired hands went down to use it. Well he was […]

DIY Coffin and Edge-Glued Panels

DIY coffin enthusiasts: here’s news from the industrial woodworking complex: Edge-glued panels. Read on below for the details. For new readers, we are Piedmont Pine Coffins, and we help families hold more affordable funerals — naturally. We make and sell pine coffins (using hand tools only!) and we also offer a set of DIY coffin plans […]

The freedom to hoist one sail

I am ever and still caught in the breeze of a smile I once saw. The smile of a certain young monk. For new readers, we are Piedmont Pine Coffins. We help families do more affordable funerals, naturally. In our work and in our life, we take some inspiration from monks and monasteries down through […]

Grave digging DIY

Grave digging DIY: Yes, you can. Recently a family nearby bought a coffin from us and buried on their own land. Here’s how they prepared the gravesite. For readers just joining in, we are Piedmont Pine Coffins in North Carolina, USA. We spread the news about natural burial, and we make pine box coffins with only […]

In Belize, the empty tomb

There’s an empty tomb in Belize. Many, in fact. More on that below. In traveling, death conversation opens people up. During a stay in San Ignacio, I’m talking to people about funerals and cemeteries. For new readers, we are Piedmont Pine Coffins. We enthuse about natural burial and, in NC, USA, we make pine coffins. […]