1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Makes Coffins The Old-Fashioned Way
"I'm making caskets for farmers, ranchers, hunters, foresters and others who don't want to be laid to rest in a fancy, frilly coffin " says Dan. "Many people aren't comfortable in a suit and tie and yet, when they die, they're dressed up and put in a casket lined with lace."
Shelton's first casket was built for a hunter. It's made of solid pine, has buckskin handles, and a carving of a horse on top. Shelton's wife Eileen sewed the plaid lining, which is as thick as a sleeping bag.
"We can carve a steer, sheep or any other design onto the top and line the casket to suit the person," says Shelton.
His first casket is on display in a furniture showroom in Greybull. Sales have been slow, however, because people don't want to think ahead to death. "We sell our custom-built models for less than $500. You can easily pay $1,200 or more for a similar quality casket from a funeral home."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Shelton, Crystal Creek, Sheel Route, Box 25A, Greybull, Wyo. 82426 (ph 307 765-2711).
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