Crafting a Final Resting Place (video)

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Crafting a Final Resting Place (video)

“When I’m out here by myself early in the morning or in the middle of the night, I can get a sense of how work is love made visible.”

Marcus Daly is a maker of wood coffins, a craftsman who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled boxes:

“I think one of the most important aspects of the coffin is that it can be carried. And I think we’re meant to carry each other. And I think carrying someone you love, committing them, is very important for us in when we deal with death. We want to know that we have played a part and that we have shouldered our burden. So, if we make it too convenient, then we’re depriving ourselves of a chance of to get stronger so that we can carry on.”

This idea of work that’s fulfilling and meaningful is part of many people’s modern-day deliberations. I’m no different. What I love about Dan McComb’s short film is its ability to speak to that struggle within myself — and then translate it to something deeper, more experiential and yet transcendent.

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