"Crazy Coffins" A New Booming Business In England
One company in England
has taken that directive quite literally to heart, creating a bizarre new business that sits on the tentative border between creativity and extreme bad taste.
Vic Fearn and Company is a 160-year-old entity that makes coffins. That doesn't sound terribly exciting, but recent customers may make you think twice about that impression.
They've been coming in asking for exotic caskets to be buried in to reflect their passions in life.
It started with an odd request from a woman who was a big fan of the Royal Air Force's acrobatic team the Red Arrows. She wanted to be interred forever in a model of one of their fighters.
"So we constructed this plane with folding wings like they have on aircraft carriers," recalls company director David Crampton. "The cockpit
of a plane is more or less coffin-shaped so that made life easier."
Once word spread about the custom casket, more people decided to plan for their own demise and do it Frank Sinatra-style - my way.
One man wanted to be laid to rest in a canal
. "That caused friction with his wife so we had to build one for her as well," Crampton reveals.
Then there's the hospice nurse who's having a pink ballet shoe made for her final exit.
A town crier will be buried in a coffin shaped like a bell. "He wants to go out with a bong," Crampton jokes, a punchline in an industry not known for its humour.
Another client is having a scaled down model of a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost built. It comes with wheels so pall bearers can simply push it along.
Then there's the one in the shape of a giant electric
guitar - with strings attached.
There's a box-kite shaped coffin that puts the dearly departed in the middle.
The "egg" is self explanatory, although it might be hard to carry.
A sledge coffin comes with fake feet sticking out of the end of it.
And in the height of questionable appropriateness, there's even a coffin shaped like an industrial garbage container.
Which just proves nothing is sacred any more - even in the coffin making business.
Thought i would share this with you. lol johnny