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Funeral homes will show families choices of caskets, all of which are very pretty, and VERY expensive. By law, funeral homes must accept caskets from outside sources (including yourself), and may not charge you any extra handling fees to do so.

Traditional casket
Traditional casket

This book will show the reader how to make a traditional casket using off-the-shelf parts and materials, at a fraction of the price.

Sample page
Sample page

There is also a growing trend for 'Green' burials, where the entire process has zero impact on the environment. Most funeral homes do not offer biodegradable caskets. Even their economy models (that are nothing more than cloth covered cardboard boxes) use modern adhesives that are toxic to the environment.

Green / Jewish Coffin
Green / Jewish Coffin

This book will show the reader how to make a simple,100% biodegradable casket. And because the traditional Jewish burial customs have rules regarding the use of certain materials, this book will also show the reader how to make this casket Kosher, as well.

Of course, there are many people with a fascination and appreciation for Halloween and all that goes with it. This book will show the reader how to construct a traditional 'Toe Pincher' style coffin, using traditional techniques (no plywood and steel shelf brackets here). The coffin will be able to be used as a prop, storage of Halloween decorations, a book shelf, and yes, even to bury a loved one!

Classic Toe-pincher
Classic Toe-pincher

All along the way, the author will explain how to create each step, with easy to follow illustrations. Not every reader will have a complete woodworking shop (or experience), so the author takes this into account.

Risks and challenges

At the start of this Kickstarter campain, the CAD designs for all three casket/coffin types are 95% complete. We just need to incorporate the commercially available hardware and fittings into the design of the traditional casket. Approximately 90% of the writing is complete, with 75% of the illustrations complete.

What's left, and what is the funding for?

The design of the traditional casket uses hardware that is commercially available. In order to create the technical illustrations properly, and to verify the CAD design, this hardware must be purchased, and either scanned or measured and modeled in the CAD software.

Also, this book will be made available to all on-line and brick and mortar retailers, which requires the purchase of an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) which has costs associated with it, and also the initial costs of setting up the book's distribution network.

This book WILL be published. The only risks will be if there is a delay in obtaining the off-the-shelf hardware from the vendor, however, there is nothing to indicate that the book will miss its target publishing date of June 2015.

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