P.E.I. carpenter hopes pine box just the fit for some people

Steve Sharratt, The Guardian
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Jim Adams hopes his well-built pine box caskets will provide families with a more affordable option. “I’m convinced there must be some people who would like nothing more than a simple pine box,’’ he said.

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 621 2134.

Organizations: Peace Corps, Jim Adams

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

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  • good luck
    May 03, 2014 - 15:51

    Watch out. Be cautious. Great idea. It could catch on but watch your back Sir. There was a Casket store in CB years ago. Prices were decent. Funeral homes hated the idea. We bought one for a family member and the funeral director was miserable about it and resentful. He said he could have sold us a better one and tried to unsuccessfully deter us. He did not think it would stand up to his. His were much more expensive. Sorry, but the departed was just going one mile away to be buried, no long excursion. The departed would have been pleased to have a plain moderately priced coffin. When it comes to some funeral homes missing out on as much cash as they can get, there could be trouble. For whatever reasons, that casket store was soon put out of business. We are all for sensible and plain caskets. Good luck.

  • Paul
    April 27, 2014 - 22:35

    Good for you! Not sure why anyone would pay the exorbitant prices for caskets... what's the point really!

  • JaneD
    April 27, 2014 - 14:58

    This is a great idea and sounds like a great product! And also much more environmentally friendly. I think the only kind of casket that should be used must be biodegradable, I have always been concerned about how many metal caskets are being put in the ground. Kind of scary when you think about it. I in no way mean to be disrespectful, I just think it is only common sense. Kudos to you Mr. Adams.