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Bury Yourself In Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

None of us are getting out of this alive, so we may as well bury ourselves in our work! Put your hands to work making something truly useful while also building a strong base of woodworking skills. The above-ground applications of your resulting project are numerous – a bookshelf, coffee table, storage container or entertainment center, not to mention a great conversation piece.

Beginning woodworkers will enjoy acquiring new skills, while more advanced participants will have ample opportunity to apply their talents. Chop saws to block planes, screw guns to dovetail joinery - this course covers a range of important skills while offering the opportunity to manage the key details such as proper sizing, joinery, handle construction, hardware and design options. Students will develop woodworking skills that will last a lifetime (and beyond). The casket materials include cabinet-grade pine, birch for handles and bronze fastenings. You may bring a partner to work on one casket for the single tuition rate.

This course offers a rare opportunity to join a growing number of independent-minded people looking for a meaningful alternative to today’s burial arrangements and build your own casket--a beautiful piece of furniture with a long-term plan. For those interested, your local municipality and cemetery offices have details regarding any requirements or restrictions that may apply.


New! Fri, Jun 02, 2017 - Sun, Jun 04, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 04/21/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


$255.00 per project (Regular rate)
$225.00 per project (Early-bird rate)

$295.00 per casket

All Levels

Making it happen:
  • When should I enroll?
  • Do you take last minute registrations?
  • When will new course dates be posted?

You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. square
  2. hammer
  3. pencils
  4. eye & ear protection (Available for purchase @ North House School Store)
  5. tape measure
  6. dust mask
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Randy Schnobrich Randy Schnobrich

Randy’s life in the North is a classic – he has mushed dogs, planted thousands of trees on his homestead and built eight outbuildings on his property (but still no garage). He moved to the North Shore from Wisconsin in 1994 with plans to raise a family and create a new lifestyle. After buying some land "back in the woods a bit," he and his wife built a woodshop and log home, a perfect spot to raise three kids and live a little closer to the earth. With more than 20 years of woodworking under his belt, Randy has built everything from cabins to dogsleds, commissioned furniture to custom doors. Nearly all of his interests lie in the outdoors, and he says it’s hard to remember life before Cook County.

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Bury Yourself In Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

Bury Yourself In Your Work: Build Your Own Casket

Bury Yourself In Your Work: Build Your Own Casket