REGISTRATION BEGINS: January 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One of seven courses available for the May 12 – 15, 2022 MCA Weekend Workshop @ Haystack

Coffin Making, Green Burials & Home Funerals

Instructor: Chuck Lakin
Haystack Studio: Wood
Materials Fee: TBD
Enrollment Limit: 10
Level: All levels
Class Description:

During the workshop, you’ll have the chance to build one or more of three coffin designs. The Toe-pincher (the traditional coffin design), the Bookcase, and or the Quick Coffin. The Toe-pincher and the Bookcase coffins take a full day to make, the Quick Coffin a short day, so you’ll have plenty of time to make more than one or to decorate or embellish the one you did make. Along the way, I’ll fit in talks about Green Cemeteries and Home Funerals. Sounds like a fun-filled weekend to me.

About the Instructor-

“I’m a retired librarian, a woodworker, and a home funeral educator. My father’s death was a very personal experience right up to his death; he was in his own bed with his wife and four kids touching him when he died. I wanted to be part of what would happen next but had no idea of what I could do, so we called a funeral director, who whisked Dad away, and four days later we got a box of ashes in the mail. When I learned what I could have done, I started talking about home funerals, not trying to convince anyone but to give those interested the information they would need to have the experience I wanted. Eventually I developed a website and I continue to share what I have learned about funerals in general and home funerals in particular with anyone willing to listen. As a woodworker, I of course make coffins and I actively assist anyone who wants to create a green cemetery. With my librarian background, it’s no wonder that I love answering questions: I’m very good on the details, and I know how to find any answer I don’t already know. Don’t be shy about contacting me – you can’t possibly ask too many questions.”—Chuck Lakin