Hey babe, how was you day at work? Oh fine, just made a coffin for a guy.
What? Halloween is around the corner, and what better decoration than the classic western style coffin to scare the little ones. Perhaps one of the most recognizable coffins is the classic toe pincher style. The shape was wider for the shoulders and narrow toward the bottom to hold the feet, and pinch the toes. Another interesting fact behind the shape was to alert the pallbearers which end was which. With war and disease a common factor back then many furniture makers were halting production to start making coffins, it was a booming business. The lid would be nailed shut and stacked awaiting burial. The terms coffin and casket are often used interchangeably, but there are in fact differences between the two. To begin with, the word “coffin” always has signified a burial container, while the word “casket,” originally referred to a small chest for storing and carrying jewels or precious objects. Undertakers took on the term casket as a euphemism for the word coffin.” The idea was that it gave the deceased’s family more of a comfort, as the term casket was associated with precious jewels.
I have always enjoyed horror stories, especially about the supernatural and vampires. So when the show, Trueblood came to life, I was hooked. One thing I noticed since the introduction of Fangtasia, the club the vampires own in Shreveport, was the sign hanging in the window. Sorry, we’re dead. This is my version made from plywood.
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