Communal Urn/Vault Opening

Communal Urn Vault Opening work in progress- showing door sliding out

I’ve been working on the Communal Urn/Vault a bit at the shop. These images show progress on the vault opening- how the ashes will be placed into the urn. This assembly will rest on the ‘donut’ with the inscription. I’m using Indiana limestone for this part of the urn. It is really workable, which will really help me when it comes time to do the lettering. There are also architectural elements in the structure of the church- a Methodist congregation in West Asheville- carved on the same stone.

Communal Urn Vault Opening work in progress- showing door sliding out

The big stone at the bottom will have a ramp cut into it, that will direct the ashes down. The door will have a handle so that it can be removed. Right now I think it may still be a bit too heavy for comfort, but I’m going to finish the rough assembly before I remove anymore material from the back of it. It still needs a lintel- a stone that crosses over the door. It will be the same width as the bottom stone- where the ramp will be.