Can I bring my own casket to a funeral home, and other FAQs


What’s the farthest you deliver?
NC and the states around it.  Further, too — ask about shipping.

How fast can Piedmont Pine Coffins deliver?
1-2 days, depending on your distance from Pittsboro, NC. Shipping to the West Coast would take longer. Note that our maximum output is approximately 4 coffins per week.

How are your coffins made?
We pick up planks from a Siler City mill whose logs all come from the central counties of North Carolina. We cut, edge, and join the boards with hand tools.

Can you make a pet casket?
Yes, and we will be happy to custom-size it for your pet.

Will funeral homes accept a coffin I’ve bought from Piedmont Pine Coffins?
According to the Funeral Rule of the Federal Trade Commission, they are required to.

Are your coffins suitable for a standard vault in a contemporary cemetery?

What kind of handles does Piedmont Pine Coffins use?
Thick oak dowels are the standard handles.  If you like, we can also arrange iron handles forged by a local blacksmith.

Are your coffins suitable for home funerals and cremations?

Is there any metal in your coffins?
Some feature all-wood fasteners, others have minimal screws or nails in the joinery.

Are your coffins lined?
Yes, with fragrant pine shavings.

Are the coffins stained or painted?
We encourage families to decorate or stain the coffins themselves as a way to add meaning to the transition, and most of our coffins are of simple planed pine. However, a seasonally-available option is our own black walnut stain made from hulls collected right here at Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial home of Piedmont Pine Coffins. You can see an example of a stained coffin here.

Where can I find out how to conduct a home funeral or green burial?
On our Resources Page, find links for green and home funeral education.