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Trinity Academy Senior Class 2020 Fundraiser – Clary Sage Honey

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The Trinity Academy Class of 2020 is raising funds for their senior trip to Italy.  I have offered my support in their fundraising efforts by making the Clary Sage honey I produce available for sale through them.   My wife and I (Meredith and Jason Van Duyn) are parents of Lillian Van Duyn who is in 1st grade at Trinity Academy …

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Wood Gathering – Sourcing and Preparation of Wood Turning Blanks

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This article covers the selection, gathering, and processing of wood turning blanks.  I am a professional wood sculptor primarily in the creation of asymmetrical, irregular, and off-balance natural edge wood sculpture.  I also make cremation urns and some functional wood bowls.  The bulk of my experience is in bowl and hollow turning.  I will also talk about where I find …

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Affordable Cremation – a Guide on Direct Cremation

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This is a guide on the most affordable cremation option – direct cremation.  I write this as a wood sculptor making high quality turned wooden urns.  Which is an adaptation of my sculpture, or urn artistry as I like to call it.  Why do I write this?   I have written several articles on cremation and I want the public to …

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What is Cremation Jewelry and what are all the options

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I am a wood sculptor from Raleigh, NC making turned wooden urns similar to that of my wood sculpture.  This variant is what I refer as urn artistry.  Aside from the traditional vessel or cremation urn this article looks into some of the other nice options for a memorial of your loved ones.  Specifically I am writing about cremation jewelry. What …

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Van Duyn Bees – raw local honey in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Looking for raw local honey near you?  Believe it or not this page is about raw local honey/beekeeping and not woodwork, well at least most of it isn’t.  I started keeping bees several years ago which makes for a nice compliment to my woodwork business.  I have built all of my hive parts, and I even have started experimenting with …

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Are you Concerned about whether to Cremate and wonder what does the bible say about Cremation?

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Wondering what does the bible say about cremation?  I admit I have been turning custom cremation vessels for many years now and I haven’t been solid on where the bible stands on cremation till now.  Seems a bit funny right?  This article covers all the verses that I came across regarding cremation and several of the leading concerns about cremation …