A coffin-making firm is going from strength to strength turning out a range of wacky casket designs including skips, skateboards and even dead skiers.
Since the early 1990s, Crazy Coffins, in Leicestershire, have been satisfying a growing need for people who want to make their final journeys in style.
No order is off limits for the company which employs around 25 people and their bespoke burial vessels, which range from around 1,000 to 5,000, can be ordered even if the customer is fit and healthy.
Rest in piste: Crazy Coffins, in Leicestershire, have created a bizzare range of wacky caskets for people who want to make their final journeys in style
The wacky designs have attracted fans as far away as Switzerland with the company being invited to display their work at an art exhibition in Zurich.
In January the quirky coffins were even displayed at the Royal Festival Hall, in London’s Southbank Centre.
Ursula Williams, from Crazy Coffins also known as Vic Fearn & Company Ltd, said nothing was too unusual for the coffin makers to try and make.
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She said: “Price depends on how much time we have to make it and of course how complicated the design is, but we don’t feel we are in a position to comment on taste.
“We have had some people ask us if this is offensive to the church, but we’ve never had any complaints and a guitar-styled coffin has even been buried.
“Often we have families come to us whose loved ones might have been young or in adolescence when they died and they tell us they don’t want them to be put on an old mans coffin.
“We designed a skateboard for one family because their loved one loved skating, another was a guitar.
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Turning it up to 11 in your grave: Some of the quirky designs have been displayed at London”s Royal Festival Hall
“I think there is a case of people saying they don’t want the standard funeral, they want something that says something about
Ursula explained the company – which employs cabinet makers and even a piano maker – started in the 1990s after someone approached them about a special design.
She said: “We were approached by a lady who wanted to have a Red Arrow design but she couldn’t find anyone to finish it, so we said we could. Once we finished it we got more commissions from there.
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“There’s nothing really to stop the design of any coffin, except their are regulations on materials for cremation etc, we mainly use MDF, plywood and sometimes solid wood.
“We use these materials because they can be shaped into any design but it’s not just the outside people are interested in.
We had one gentleman who wanted a carriage from the Orient Express, as part of that he sourced the exact upholstery from inside the carriage and we had that put inside for him.”