Blue Ribbon Coffin

by K-Dean

After finding out that his coffin won top prize, Grady Hunter was quoted as saying, "I'm tickled to death with it."

Everyone has different hobbies, some people collect stamps, some build bird houses, and some build their own coffins.

Grady Hunter took home a blue ribbon for his woodwork in the crafts and hobbies entries at the North Carolina State Fair. Hunter, 75, used to work as a brick layer, but due to joint pain, he switched careers and became a home builder.

Hunter has around 40 years of experience working with wood and figured he could put his skills to good use and construct his own coffin. Hunter says he has never lived in a house he hasn’t built himself and wouldn’t want to be laid to rest in someone else’s work either. He thought it would be an interesting project to take on and also save his children the trouble of choosing a casket after he passes away.

Not entirely impressed with store-bought coffins, Hunter added three inches of foam at the thinnest point, rising to 12 inches at the head to place his body on an incline. The case is made of hard-rock maple and Brazilian cherry with his signature carved into the wood. Hunter plans on placing photographs of his children and grandchildren on the inside of the lid so they would always be with him.

Hunter’s family will also have a few less funeral planning details to worry about as Hunter has already chosen his pallbearers and written his eulogy.

Read more:

Man wins prize for his own coffin | WRAL

Tickled to death with his own coffin | MSNBC

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