Turned hardwood keepsake urns were one of those projects. Originally these were outsourced, but last summer we took this completely in-house. The keepsakes are turned on a duplicator lathe, which allows us to make accurate copies of the model. Once the shape has been roughed out, the final sanding is done on the lathe. Baseball bat blanks —maple, birch, and fir—are the raw material. The maple and birch are left natural, and the fir is stained to emphasize the grain. A recess in the bottom holds a custom-made brass capsule for the cremated remains. The keepsakes have a wonderfully solid feel, and are very handsome. They may also be personalized by laser engraving.
Besides turned hardwood keepsake urns, we have over 40 plus wood urns we make at Mark Thomas. The video below shows a few steps that go into making one of our Legacy Urns. Each of our wood urns are hand made by our wood shop team.