Traditionally coffins are made from fresh wood, made beautiful and then cremated or interred. Our timber is one step away from firewood or landfill, then we make it beautiful. It's nearing the end of its life before we caringly restore and prepare it for one last journey, which seems apt and feels right.
In 2013 my father started to look into his own funeral arrangements. Having not found what he wanted, he asked me if I could make him an environmentally friendly coffin. Being a carpenter of course I said yes and so the seeds were planted for Abbey Coffins, which was established within the walls of Newenham Abbey just outside Axminster in Devon. The Abbey was burned down in the 16th century but enough of the walls remained to remind me of the Cistercian monks who once occupied the same space, which is very calming and make it a special place to work.
Chris Loukes - Founder of Abbey Coffins
All the timber for our coffins is from used pallets. Beneath the damaged surface is good sound wood that once planed sanded and buffed has a beautiful finish.
The complete Abbey Coffin range is lovingly handmade to measure from 100% reclaimed timber meaning no trees are felled in the build process.
Much of the preparation work has already been carried out in advance so from order to delivery takes 4 to 5 days depending on style of coffin.
To place your order please contact us by phone 01297 34449 or by email using the enquires form below.
If you have a funeral director in place we will liaise with them regarding coffin size and delivery details. If you have not chosen a funeral director or wish to conduct the service yourselves we can help with the next stages also.