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Green burial documentary to be screened in Blacksburg, VA

Those of us in the Piedmont of NC may know about the Durham green burial documentary A Will For the Woods, which chronicles a dying man’s drive to create a green burial cemetery in which to be interred. That cemetery is Wake Forest’s own Pine Forest Memorial Gardens. South Carolina vs. the Old North State in […]

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 coffin workshop on ice at Melleray Farmstead

If I wasn’t convinced before, I am now. After weathering the great Valentine’s Day Ice Storm of 2014, it’s time to build a new workshop for Piedmont Pine Coffins. If you didn’t know, our current workshop is out in the open air. There’s an overhang, yes — call it a porch. There is a tool […]

Coffin Decoration — The Personal Touch

When it comes to coffin decoration, how can you lend that personal touch? Rich in NC recently sent me this photo, right. It’s the lid of his sister Beth’s coffin (constructed by Piedmont Pine Coffins). Note the finishing details: The cross of iron hand-wrought by a family friend The flowers painted by a neighbor close to […]

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 […]