Green burial news and updates as seen and heard from Piedmont Pine Coffins and its cottage industrial home, the off-grid Melleray Farmstead.

 

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 […]

Building A Coffin: The Lancashire Toe Pincher

How do you build a toe pincher? I took a call from JS in Utah last week. He wanted to talk construction details. Specifically, he wants to build his own coffin, and he’s looking to buy plans for the toe pincher style. Very nice, JS!  Here’s an overview from the Piedmont Pine Coffins perspective. The […]

Green Burial interest meeting hosted by FCAP

Piedmont Pine Coffins visited Greensboro last week to attend a meeting hosted by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont. The meeting was convened by the Green Burial Interest subcommittee. Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont There were two main topics:  1)  a report from a couple who’d recently taken part in a green burial on […]

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 […]