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Urn Information

What size urn do I need?

To determine the size of the urn you need you’ll need to know what the approximate body weight of the person or pet you are shopping for.

One pound of body weight will yield just less than 1 cubic inch of ash so using the formula of one pound of body weight = 1 cubic inch of cremains.

So if a person weighed 150 pounds at the time of their death, an urn with 150 cubic inch capacity will comfortably hold their cremains. You should also take into account the person’s physical condition at death. If they are significantly under normal weight, you should consider purchasing a slightly larger urn than the above calculation would indicate.

If you already have the cremains in your possession, you can easily calculate the size urn you need. One cup equals about 14.5 cubic inches. So, count the cups and multiply by 14.5 to get to total cubic inches required.

Remember, the only mistake you can make is purchasing an urn that is too small. To be safe, we recommend that you select an urn that is slightly larger than your calculations indicate.

How do I fill my urn?

Normally you will receive the cremains in a sealed container such as a plastic bag which will be in a cardboard or plastic box.

Our urns have large openings to make filling them simple and so long as you are careful, it should work out fine. If you find filling it is too emotional, most funeral homes will do it for you. Depending on the funeral home, there may or may not be a charge. Another alternative is to ask a friend or family member.

It is possible to insert a plastic bag containing the cremains into the urn without removing them. Start by placing one corner of the bag into the opening and slowly work the bag into the opening little by little. An easier way is to use the strong plastic bag we supply with each and every urn and follow the steps below.

We recommend that you wear a mask during the operation as a portion of the cremains will be a very fine dust. While the cremains are sterile, you should not breath the dust if possible.

So, to fill the urn, start by covering the surface with newspaper or similar material. Note: table clothes do not work well as they will trap anything that is spilled. Place the supplied bag in the urn leaving 1-2 inches out the top. Use a funnel large enough to prevent the larger particles from clogging it. If you do not have a funnel, one can be made by rolling up heavy paper. Once all the cremains have been transferred, any spillage can be easily gathered from the surface covering and added to the urn.

If you wish to seal the urn, we recommend using epoxy. Small amounts can be purchased locally at hardware stores, lumber yards, and other places.

The Process

What kinds of woods do you use?

I use locally available hardwoods which include, cherry, maple, walnut, ornamental pear, boxelder, poplar, and others.

What kind of finish is used on your urns?

I use a polyurethane finish. I find that it brings out the beauty of the wood like no other finish and it provides excellent protection at the same time. I do not use any type of stains or colorings on any urns. Top of page.

Do you personally make all of your urns?

Yes, I do all of the work on my urns. I make each one individually from a single large block of green (fresh) wood which is shaped and hollowed on a lathe. Once the urn has dried sufficiently it is returned to the lathe for final finishing. Top of page.

Are the bodies of your urns one piece?

Yes, the body of the urn is hollowed from a single piece of wood. The threaded insert and finial/lid are created from harder woods that allow me to create smooth strong threads for the lid.

Shipping

Shipping and Deliveries

  • Your order will be processed and shipped as rapidly as possible
  • This means 2 business days from date of shipment
  • Holiday’s are not business days
  • Delivery provided by USPS, FedEx or UPS
  • No weekend delivery
  • We cannot deliver to PO Boxes (However they CAN be used as a billing address
  • Signature upon delivery may be required for some second-day deliveries

Next Day Delivery

  • Your order will be processed and shipped as rapidly as possible
  • This means 2 business days from date of shipment
  • Holiday’s are not business days
  • Delivery provided by USPS, FedEx or UPS
  • No weekend delivery
  • We cannot deliver to PO Boxes (However they CAN be used as a billing address
  • Signature upon delivery may be required for some second-day deliveries

General Business Information

Return Policy

All sales are final, but if you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may exchange your urn for another of your choice unless the conditions below apply. If the replacement has a higher price, you will need to pay the difference. If the replacement has a lower price, we will refund the difference.

If you receive the wrong urn and it is our error, we will pay return shipping and expedite shipping of the correct urn to you.

Items that cannot be returned:

  • Urns that have been filled.
  • Items that have been damaged of tampered with.

Expedited shipping charged are not refundable unless a shipping error is ours.

Tips For Using This Site

This site is intended to be simple, straightforward and uncluttered by advertising and upsells. We understand that when you come to our site, you know what you are looking for and it is our job to help you find what you want as quickly and efficiently as possible. So, here are a few tip to help make that happen.

Narrow Down Choices With Categories and Tags

Categories are general collections of like items. In our case, “Urns” and “Keepsakes”. In  a department store you might find categories of “apparel”, “home”, “beauty”, etc. 

Tabs, on the other hand, are more specific. On our site they can help you locate urns of a particular size, type of wood, etc.

Example:
I am looking for an upscale urn made of maple. I COULD browse through all of the urns until I found what I am looking for, but that would be time consuming and frustrating. 

I could, on the other hand, choose the category of “Urn” and the subcategory of “Signature” under “Urn. Then I could click on the “Maple” tag in the tag list. 

Now all I see are upscale (We call them “Signature”) urns made from maple. I could also choose tags for the size urn I need to further refine the group of urns I will be shown.