P.E.I. casket maker says pine boxes affordable option for grieving families

Steve Sharratt
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J.C. Adams Caskets just off the Brackley Point Road in North Winsloe offers dignified, affordable alternative

NORTH WINSLOE — He’s not sure when the building bug bit him.

It might have been the trip with a few friends years ago down the Amazon River on a raft lashed together.

It might have been a stint in the Peace Corps, or it might have been those wood planks being dried for a future coffin underneath family huts in the Caribbean.

Whatever the reason, Jim Adams has found a new outlet for his woodworking skills and hopes his offerings will help grieving families save money.

“I generally make furniture, but a couple of months ago I got the idea that there must be people looking for something more affordable than what’s offered at the funeral parlour,’’ he said.

A simple pine box for burial has been around for centuries and there are countless other pine box casket builders throughout the world. There’s even one selling a do-it-yourself kit.

But Adams thinks he’s the first on the Island to delve into the production and hopes to provide a dignified alternative.

“I’m convinced there must be some people who would like nothing more than a simple pine box,’’ he said from his workshop in North Winsloe. “But don’t be fooled, these are well built and good looking.”

Adams builds his caskets from solid, clear pine in his private workshop along the Kentyre Road and offers up a choice on the interior lining. He also says one of his caskets is about 25 per cent of the going funeral parlour price.

“If people want to spend that much for a regular funeral, that’s fine,’’ he said. “I’m simply trying to offer an affordable alternative.”

J.C. Adams Caskets is just off the Brackley Point Road and can be reached at 902-621-2134.

Organizations: Peace Corps, Jim Adams

Geographic location: Amazon River, North Winsloe, Kentyre Road Brackley Point Road

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  • hope this takes off
    April 26, 2014 - 20:56

    Agreed. This is a very good idea, and I hope this business is successful. That's what I want when the time comes. The money saved is better spent on other things that stay above ground and are put to good use.

  • peislander
    April 26, 2014 - 14:10

    Market Value says, try buring someone without buying a casket at the funeral home you're right however,when my mom died a few years ago we bought a casket for her in victoria and waked mom in the church, so there is a way to give a loved one or friend a decent burial without having to go into alot of debt that most of us cannot afford. best of luck jc adams

  • Even
    April 26, 2014 - 08:23

    We are even gouged $$$ to the grave.

  • Market study
    April 25, 2014 - 15:10

    Not the first to try, Arsenault's in Victoria tried and found out how impossible it was to bury someone without a funeral home selling the casket. Only people around that can sell a $400 box for $8000 and have everyone shake their hand on the way out the door.

  • Great Idea
    April 25, 2014 - 08:32

    I love the idea and I think the cost of conventional caskets is completely insane. The problem is that, as far as I know, you still need to go through an established funeral home and anyone who has dealt with them knows that they have a set amount of money they are going to make off a funeral. If you save in one area the cost will simply be increased in another. Personally, I would prefer to be buried in a simple pine box even if the cost were the same. It just doesn't make any sense to use something for a couple of days and bury it when the money could heat someone's home or put food on their table. I understand that when family members (unless the deceased has pre-arranged the funeral) pick out the casket they feel it is respectful to go the more expensive route. I just don't see the point in going in to the ground in something that has more chrome than my car. Hey, I just thought of a sign to put on my casket when the time comes. This box is not expensive, cheap handles cheap sides cheap lids, the money saved bought bikes though, for thirty needy kids... R.I.P.