Kathy & Jim Sawada Toronto, Canada

Black Walnut With Roasted Maple And Birds Eye Maple Accents

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This urn is made from Black Walnut with accents of Roasted Curly Maple and Bird's Eye Maple. No stains or dyes have been used. The rich colours that you see are the natural colours of the finished woods.

Interior and exterior are finished with Danish Oil, a penetrating resin. Exterior is further finished with a three-stage wax process, the final stage being carnuba.  The resultant finish is smooth, durable, and appealing.

Overall exterior dimensions are about 12.1" x 9.6" x 5.3" (30.8 x 24.5 x 13.3 cm).

Top memento compartment is about 10.4" x 8" x 0.9" (26.5 x 20.3 x 2.2 cm).

Bottom internal dimensions are about 9.9" x 7.3" x 3" (25.1 x 18.6 x 7.6 cm).

Internal capacity is 210 cubic inches (3.4 L).

Access is from bottom which is secured with twelve screws.

Woods Used:

Black Walnut , Roasted Curly Maple, Bird's Eye Maple


The sides are made from a single board with waterfall mitre joints. That allows the natural pattern of the wood grain to flow all the way around the urn. Grain is matched on three corners.

Mitred corners reinforced with Roasted Maple keys.

Sides are solid 3/4" (19mm) thick Black Walnut

The centre of the top is made from solid woods into an assembly about 1/2" (13 mm) thick. It is then re-sawn into two pieces about 1/8" (3mm) thick which are laminated to both sides of 1/4" (6 mm) plywood. This construction not only makes the interior of the top as attractive as the exterior, but also prevents warping of the top.



Solid brass quadrant hinges.

The memento compartment is lined with velveteen.