Harvesting black walnuts

Black walnuts are my favorite free gift of Nature — even beating out morels and poke salad — here at Melleray Farmstead, the cottage industrial manufacturing facility of Piedmont Pine Coffins. For readers joining in recently, at Piedmont Pine Coffins we make simple boxes for burial and we help families reclaim the power of caring […]

Aiken Mason makes own funeral plans

Making your own funeral plans takes some guts. Or, in the case of Danny, a 32nd degree Mason from Lodge 156 in Aiken, SC, just foresight and a sense of humor will do. “I don’t want to sound morbid,” Danny tells me. “But I’m the last of my line, and if I don’t make funeral plans for […]

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 […]