FREDERICTON -- It has been called the Ikea of the coffin world: A ready-to-assemble casket kit.
New Brunswick woodworker Jeremy Burrill has been selling simple pine caskets locally for about two years, aiming to give people an affordable and more environmentally friendly option for their send-offs.
A New Brunswick woodworker has designed a “do-it-yourself” casket kit to alleviate funeral costs.
Woodworker Jeremy Burrill of Fredericton says he is a no-nonsense kind of guy, which is likely why his business mantra sounds like it was taken straight from an old-fashioned country song. “Just bury me in a pine box,” said Burrill, who owns the Fiddlehead Casket Co.
Jeremy Burrill takes the saying “simple pine box” seriously. The Red Seal certified cabinet maker has left behind his original trade to create basic but well-crafted caskets with local lumber and no metal parts.
A recently-launched small business in Fredericton is hoping to change the casket industry by offering environmentally-friendly handcrafted pine wood creations.
“If you think of a traditional casket, you probably think an expensive wood casket with a highly lacquered finish and maybe some brass rails or handles,” said Jeremy Burrill, the owner and operator of Fiddlehead Casket Company.
“This is quite the opposite. It’s natural pine, no metal involved in it at all. So in the end, this casket is going to go back to the earth.”
Jeremy Burrill is transforming from a cabinet maker to a coffin maker.
The business idea came after a family member recently had to deal with two funerals and was lamenting the caskets on offer.
"She said it would be nice if there was something just simple and nice. That's not the same shiny lacquered brass and this and that — that would appeal to those who like the more simple things," Burrill said.