June 2013 Wood News Online Welcome to Highland Woodworking - Fine Tools & Education Learn more about Highland Woodworking View our current woodworking classes and seminars Woodworking articles and solutions Subscribe to Wood News


Ask the Staff


I would like to make a wooden cremation urn and I have been to multiple sites with no information. If you have any information on this subject it would be greatly appreciated. I am really looking forward to attempting to build an urn and a video would really be helpful.


Jim Jarvis



Thanks for the interest in making a cremation urn. I have a couple of suggestions for you.

By "urn" I am thinking round. This makes me think of a woodturning operation. Hope you have a lathe!

We carry two DVDs that could be very helpful to you. The first is " Hollow Turning " by John Jordan. Excellent how-to video and is the way that I learned to turn hollow urns with lids. Jordan is the master in this regard.

The second DVD is by Richard Raffan and is titled " Turning Projects ". In this DVD, Raffan demonstrates how to turn a hollow vessel (urn) in this DVD. He is also a master woodturner and one of the best visual teachers that I know.

We carry several books on vessel turning. These books tend to focus on segmented turning - a process where pieces of wood are glued together to form a finished piece with a complicated design. Think Southwestern Native American pottery designs, for example.

Here are the titles:

If woodturning is not an option, I guess that a book on boxmaking might be the answer. Let me know if this is the case and I can offer suggestions.

Hope this helps.

Thanks and happy woodworking.

Sam Rieder
Highland Woodworking


E-mail us with your woodworking questions. If yours is selected for publication,
we'll send you a free Highland Woodworking hat.

Return to Wood News front page

Bookmark and Share
See Previous Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletter

Copyright © 2013 Highland Woodworking, Inc.

Highland Woodworking | 1045 N. Highland Avenue, NE | Atlanta | GA | 30306 | 404.872.4466