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Fairmont Unity Urn




A unity (or “companion”) urn is meant for two people. The cremains of the (typically married) couple each has their own compartment. Companion urns are commonly used for couples that make the decision to be together after passing. Many families will choose to purchase a companion urn before both couples have passed. This personal decision is made so when the couples pass they can remain close.

The materials used in the Fairmont consist of maple, for the main body and bottom plate; quilted (or “tiger”) maple for the top, which is inlaid in either Thuya or Amboyna burl (depending upon availability; both look very similar), ebony and paduak (the reddish color wood).

The approximate size of the Fairmont is 14 inches long by 11 inches wide (measuring the bottom plate) and 6 inches high. The main body, top and bottom plate of the Fairmont is crafted in 3/4″ thick maple. The “feet” on the bottom plate are ebony blocks, with softened edges – what is often called “pillowing”, because the end result is a block of wood that resembles a pillow in shape.mission

The exact size of the internal (and thus external) dimensions of this urn is dependent upon the size of the two people whose remains will reside in each chamber; the urn in this picture specifically was for a man of 200 pounds or less and a woman 160 pounds or less. The internal dimensions are calculated by simply converting the person’s weight to cubic inches – a 200 pound man would require 200 cubic inches of space. I will over build the dimensions by about 10 percent for safety. Typically, urns are accessed through the bottom – and that is the case here, with 4 wood screws of moderate size.

For no extra charge, a crest decal is provided, with the appropriate details customized. The decal is sprayed over in several coats of shellac (as is the whole urn), for protection. For an extra fee, a laser engraving can be done – please ask me for details.

Materials: Maple, quilted maple, paduak, Thuya or Amboyna burl, ebony.

Dimensions: Approximately 6″ high x 10″ wide x 14″ long.

Finish: Clear shellac, finished with three coats of Briwax.


Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Liturgical


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Lexington Urn



Constructed using traditional wordworking techniques, this wooden cremation urn design is at once both classic and contemporary. This wood cremation urn brings together woods from around the world, including birdseye maple with paduak accents and an amboyna burl top. The cross is made of ebony. The result is an exceptional work of craftsmanship that provides a dignified and beautiful memorial. Finished in two coats of shellac and hand-rubbed with 3 coats of Briwax, this urn opens from the bottom where it seals securely with screws.

Note: the exact size of the urn is dependent upon the size of the person (and thus cremains) this is intended for. When ordering, I will contact you regarding these specifics.

If you wish not to have a cross on the urn, another symbol (within reason) can be substituted if desired.

Approx dimensions: 6“H x 11″W x 7“D

Materials: Birds-eye maple; paduak; amboyna burl; ebony.

Dimensions: Approximately 6“H x 11″W x 7“D

Finish: 3 coats of clear shellac, with a wax topcoat

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The Sentinel Mission Style Pulpit





Solid. Handsome.

That’s an accurate description of The New Mission Workshop’s vision of the mission pulpit (or lectern). Made of all quarter-sawn white oak, this massive structure is as solid mechanically as it is visually.

The New Mission Workshop pulpit features raised panels, corbel supports under the main table, a privacy gate, and a removable book riser – for those times when you need to use an overhead projector, computer, or other apparatus. The legs, massive at 4 inches across, are also quarter-sawn on all four sides – unheard of today.

The Sentinel Mission Pulpit, the grandest product New Mission Workshop offers, came about as a commission from a pastor in a small church.

Dimensions: Approximately 42 inches tall to top of privacy gate; the top table is 36 inches square.

Finish: Aniline dye, with 3 coats of semi-gloss polyurethane topcoat.

To see a documentary on how the Sentinel was built, click here.



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