Thank you so much for this. I especially love his thoughts about carrying the coffin, "shouldering the burden" and "carrying on." In the course of my work I've designed and made shrouds, shrouding boards and coffins. I agree with him about the sanding -- I can sand, and sand, and sand... I imagine peoples' hands on the handles and want them to feel smooth. I like the soft pine, with its velvety furry feel, and see it as comforting - solid and supporting of the body and soothing at the same time. I think all artisans are this way when we make things to shroud and carry the dead, and I'm grateful because the feelings of reverence I experience carry over into the rest of my life, as well. Beautifully done, all the way around.
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