Wednesday, October 01, 2008

shell urn

i was telling my dad about this urn that we just got in that is an actual melo shell. i guess these animals live in the ocean and are harvested for food, and the shells are just crushed and i have no idea what happens to them then. well, this guy that thought up this urn idea goes to taiwan or wherever and picks out the ones he likes to have made into urns. they use toothpaste to hand polish them. i guess theres this toothpaste company somewhere in asia that cant use the beginning of the batch (too watery) or the end of the batch (too thick), so they sell it to the urn folks and they polish the inside and outside of the shells with it. then the shells are each taken to a wood carver guy and a bottom is made out of jiminia wood (the fastest growing hard wood). the cool part is that its all done by feel. they feel the opening of the shell and carve it on this wood. anyhoo, here are some photos:



8 comments:

Gye Greene said...

Nice stuff! Good re-use of a ''waste'' product.


--GG

Adam said...

Beautiful. Does the wooden piece stay in by tight fit alone?

timidvenus said...

if the urn is to be a permanent house for ashes the wood gets sealed on with something like caulk. if its to be used temporarily, like if the ashes get scattered, it sticks on with that blue stuff teachers use to put posters up in the classroom.

Uncle Skip said...

Do you mean painter's tape?



I know you don't but I couldn't resist.

Monticore said...

How much does one of those bad boys cost?

m.wise said...

i like it.

timidvenus said...

the guy that makes them says that the retail us usually around $250.

duble-u said...

ahh profit