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Cremation Urns

Wooden Cremation Urns from Mantorville Farms

Dr. Bruce began making wooden cremation urns when he couldn’t find a quality urn for his deceased father-in-law. Now, he is crafting fine wooden cremation urns for Mantorville Farms.

“When my brother-in-law and I were at the mortuary to do funeral planning for my father-in-law, we looked at different urns,” Dr. Bruce recalls. “They were wood, the quality wasn’t good, and the cost was high. My brother-in-law looked at me and said, ‘Can you do that?’ And that’s how I started making urns.”                            

Since then, he has made urns for family members and others. He uses wood that he has cut himself or purchased from a local supplier. He builds urns in walnut, brown ash, red oak, and red cedar.

Mantorville Farms customers can be assured that they are getting a quality, USA-made cremation urn. Dr. Bruce cuts and dries the wood himself in his kiln then builds the urns in his workshop. All his work is furniture-grade production.

The inside dimensions of Dr. Bruce’s urns are 7 inches wide by 7 inches high and  4.1 inches deep with a base and lid. The 200 cubic inch urn will accommodate the ashes for most burials.  The base is screwed to the bottom. The funeral home unscrews the bottom and places the ashes inside. The lid is not hinged. Urns are finished with natural WATCO Danish Oil, which penetrates and seals the wood, leaving a nice natural finish.

“I hand-select pieces of wood for grain and color,” Dr. Bruce says. “There is no comparison to the production urns built overseas. These are made one-on-one. I am meticulous about how they look. They have to look like a small piece of furniture when I’m done.”  

Urns are made of all kinds of materials.  Wooden urns are becoming very popular and are legal to use for burial.

A growing number of families are choosing cremation burials over full-casket burials. They save thousands of dollars with cremation burials. In many states a cremation urn can be buried just by itself while in other states it must be encased in a small vault, which is then buried. Vaults are made of stone, cement, ceramic, even hard plastic.  The funeral home assisting with the burial will know if a vault is required.  They will more than likely have vaults for sale or can facilitate the vault sale.

Dr. Bruce says families order urns ahead of time so loved ones don’t have to worry about a cremation container in their time of grief, and some order urns for the whole family at the same time. Some people order a regular size urn for burial and a smaller urn (about one-third to one-half the size of the big urns) for those who want a keepsake for a loved one’s ashes.  While it is common to purchase the urns long before they are needed, a vault (if required in your state) does not need to be purchased until the time of burial.

“When you look at my urns, you get the impression that this is a small altar,” Dr. Bruce says. “I wanted to not just build a box, but to build a small altar to honor the one who has passed.”