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Maleny Men’s Shed create lasting memento

Maleny Men’s Shed (Qld) member Don Bowen has been a bit crook lately and requested his friends at the Maleny Men’s Shed manufacture a box that may be used in the future to hold his ashes.

This request may seem a bit macabre but death is a part of life at the Men’s Shed, and while it’s always sad to see off a mate members were extremely forthcoming to help out with Don’s request.

Fellow shedder Malcolm Baker took time from his busy schedule to produce a first-rate Maleny red cedar box for Don (pictured below). The box boasts excellently-crafted tongue and grooved joints and is completed with French polish; a time-consuming and rare skill these days, an almost forgotten art.

The box is decorated with a genuine Rising Sun army badge donated by Ray Stuart. The addition of the artwork signifies Don’s memories of his army days and mates.

Don is thrilled with this piece, put together by his mates at Maleny Men’s Shed. And whilst they hope the item is not needed for the foreseeable future they were happy to help a mate out.

BELOW: Don Bowen with the handcrafted box made at the Maleny Men’s Shed.