Casket Selection

Most families select caskets for their beauty and finish. But there are many things about high-quality caskets that most people never notice.

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Details in design, construction, and finish are meant to enhance the display of the casket in an attractive and dignified manner and to keep the tasks involved in handling, closing, and transport to a smooth minimum. These are details that all good caskets have in common.

Metal Caskets
There are many different types of metal caskets, and each type has its own unique features and advantages.

Bronze, copper, and stainless steel are considered semi-precious metals. Steel caskets are categorized based on the thickness of the material used (eg. 16-gauge steel, 18 gauge steel, and 20-gauge steel.)

 

Hardwood Caskets
The oldest material known to man makes it a natural and enviromentally sound choice when selecting a casket. Hardwood is also strong, beautiful, and shock resistant. And just as no two pieces of hardwood are exactly the same, each wood casket that we sell has its own warming identity. Chosing a hardwood casket also leaves a legacy for the next generation because wood is a renewable source.

The most popular species of hardwood caskets are:

  • Mahogany
  • Cherry 
  • Walnut 
  • Oak 
  • Ash 
  • Elm 
  • Maple 
  • Poplar, also known as Cottonwood

Professional woodworkers, skilled in the art of cabinetry, follow many steps to ensure that the quality of the final product is comparable to that of the finest furniture. These craftsmen apply a wide variety of exterior finishes that accent the graining pattern that is unique to each species of wood.