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.
Jim Adams hopes his well-built pine box caskets will provide families with a more affordable option.
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