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    Pope's casket

    Just wondering if anyone noticed the Pope's wood casket? The large dovetail joinery on the end caught my eye. Looks like its maybe pine w/clear finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Falkenbach
    Just wondering if anyone noticed the Pope's wood casket? The large dovetail joinery on the end caught my eye. Looks like its maybe pine w/clear finish?
    Apparently it's cypress.

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    James Krenov says that "the craftsman lives in a
    condition where the size of his public is almost in
    inverse proportion to the quality of his work."
    (James Krenov, A Cabinetmaker's Notebook, 1976.)

    I guess my public must be pretty huge then.

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    I asked about the pope's casket on the Neanderthal side before I saw this post. Yes, I noticed the nice through dovetail joinery on the casket, which I heard is made of cypress. Plainly elegant!

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    It is one of three coffins that the Pope will be buried in. The first is made from Cypress to represent the humility of the Pope. This coffin is then sealed with wax and then placed inside a zinc coffin that is hermeticaly sealed. Then it is placed in an oak coffin that is then placed in the ground under St. Peters and sealed with a massive marble lid.
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    Hi,

    It was cypress. I also noticed that the lid seemed to have one or two checks.

    Craig

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    Those dovetails caught my eye too!
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    Yes, it definitely caught my eyes this morning on GMA...giving Dr. SWMBO a chuckle. Otherwise, it was back to dozing before getting the birdies up for their morning routine and so I could make my morning latté...

    Outstanding workmanship, from what I could see. I'm hoping that someone in the woodworking media will pick up on that and do a little research on the maker, etc.
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    Here is Pope John Paul II 's Casket

    here is a picture of the casket, since I had not seen one before. Very nice details for a simple casket.

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    I have always been amazed at the thousands folks pay for fancy caskets. Do you think this will change peoples values/purchases? I figure if a plain wood box is good enough for the pope ...

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    handmade coffins

    In regard to making your own coffin in most states there is no law against that. You might run into some resistance from the funeral home/cemetary people who want to sell you a casket at inflated prices, but if you stand your ground you can have your way. I know of a guy who had terminal cancer and was in the middle of an advanced cabinetry making course and for his final project made his own mahogany, teak rosewood inlay casket that was beautiful. He was buried in it just a few months later. So you might want to give it some thought in regard to your "final arrangements".

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    No biscuits or pocket screws?

    Richard

  12. What struck me was the simplicity...

    and I am sure that is the way this man wanted it. I am not a Catholic but I know that he wanted to be buried like an ordinary man. This casket was very simple. Even I could have made such a box. God love him. I did not agree with him about everything but he was a sincere human being. And his casket was a beautiful expression of his life.

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    Its good to know I'm not the only one that noticed the dovetails. Anyone know what the inlays on the top represented?

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    I saw the first one, but not the last Oak casket. Fascinating watching history being made. I was struck by the beautiful simplicity the casket represented and it really fit him well. Wild that the sun shone just as he was moved outside...much like it did when he visited other lands.

  15. On one of the caskets there is a skull and crossbones

    It is to remind all of the mortality of all men. Also, on one of the caskets there is the identity and important dates such as birth, ordination dates, etc.

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