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 […]