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Many years ago I watched with dismay as grief-stricken relatives were sold a terrifically over-priced casket by a funeral director who used some pretty intense psychological arm twisting to make the sale. The experience was unpleasant enough that I decided that there really needed to be a choice available for those who would like an eye-pleasing, dignified, reasonably priced alternative. DJ
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Dignified, Finely Crafted Multi-Purpose Chests
Casket - Hope Chest - Cupboard - Coffee Table
The Plain Maine Pine Box is carefully hand-crafted by David Jenson in a privately owned shop in the Western Mountain Region of Maine using native White Pine or Popular. Machine-cut dovetails are used for strength and eye-pleasing joinery. Unfinished boxes with minimal metal and rope handles are available for folks who want a "green" funeral. Because each box is individually made by ONE craftsman, specific sizes and finishes may not be available for immediate delivery.
The standard finish is an antique, low-gloss,
dark red (Red Oak) stain with rope, hardwood, or brass handles. Sizes are; 5' -
6", 6', and 6' - 6" by 24' wide, and 15" to 16" depth (custom
sizes available by special order). The price per box is $1,200
to $1,800 depending on finish, hardware, and joinery. Poplar boxes (same finish, or unfinished) and a little stronger than pine, are available for the same prices. New
England States delivery is $100 if you can't pick it up.
For the frugal minded buyer who wants to keep life simple to the end; a fiscally prudent and biodegradable alternative to modern burial methods that can do extra duty as a conversation piece, and an attractive, simple, dignified, useful item of furniture. - Below - plain unfinished with chest handles -
Please remember that this is a very local service. To find a casket maker in your area, try the list provided by FCA. We will answer inquires and initiate order processing by e-mail, by phone, or you can contact us by writing to -
The Plain Maine Pine Box|
David and Carolyn Jenson
6 Dodge Corner Rd.
Strong, ME 04983
To order by Phone; (207) 684-3400
Here is an excellent off-site link - the
home page of
Funeral Consumers Alliance. This is an extensive collection
of resources and information for people who might be
interested in information on burial and matters relating to
picking specific funeral services.|
Read the FCA site linked above, and make sure you know your rights as a funeral consumer. You can provide your own coffin!