The tree funeral in China and America

What is a tree burial, and how do you plan a tree funeral? Green burial, of course, isn’t confined to the West, and America isn’t the only superpower with environmental concerns. Turns out China needs green burial too. With land for cemeteries at a premium, and with traditional burial costs rising, some Chinese are complaining they […]

Green Burial Information Session Earth Day 2014

Piedmont Pine Coffins is hosting a green burial information session at the Chatham County library in Pittsboro, NC. We chose Earth Day (Tue 22 April) to celebrate the more environmentally friendly options available with green burial. We will meet in the Holmes Room at 6:00 pm. Attendees will get to hear, in broad strokes, what […]

“Get three coffins ready,” says Clint

Thanks to friend Paul and others for alerting me to perhaps the most famous green burial coffin line in all of movie-dom. In this scene from the 1964 spaghetti Western Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood gets hassled and gets revenge. It seems a couple of town regulars have taken offense to the new guy in the poncho riding […]

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 box coffin style: hexagonal toe-pincher on the way

This past weekend I visited Mark Patterson’s mill (919-498-4506) in Sanford, NC, just 20 miles to the south of Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial home of Piedmont Pine Coffins. It was an education. Mark has all these giant logs sitting around, 2 to 3 feet in diameter. He specializes in sawing lumber reclaimed from river […]

Pine Box Casket to the Queen City of Charlotte, NC

I drove a wooden-doweled coffin to the Queen City this past week and delivered it into the hands of the courteous folks at Raymer Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC. The deceased was Elizabeth, and her family was on hand to line the coffin with pine shavings, a blanket, and a pillow. A friend took home the lid […]