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to a new level
By PETER HIDE
Up in Rotorua, the Coffin Club
has gone from building one a
month to three a week, to keep up
with demand. This is the first place
in the South Island that's built its
Evelyn Ball, with her paint
brush at the ready, tries
her homemade coffin for
size at the North
Club in Rangiora's
EVERYONE HAS the need for a
coffin at some stage in their life, so
why not have a hand in designing
and building your own?
That's the philosophy of 80-year-
old Evelyn Ball of Cust, who has
been using the Northbrook studios of
the North Canterbury Woodcraft
Club to build her own coffin -- and
having a ball while doing so.
You've got to make it fun,''
Mrs Ball has been following a plan
from The Shed magazine, which
shows how big a coffin should be to
accommodate the intended deceased.
Up in Rotorua, the Coffin Club
has gone from building one a month
to three a week, to keep up with
demand. This is the first place in the
South Island that's built its own cof-
fin,'' Mrs Ball said.
But it's not a laughing matter. It's
serious stuff we're doing here.''
While it is intended the coffin will
be used as her final resting place, it
will be used as a bookcase in her
lounge or bedroom in the meantime.
The shelves to make it into a book-
case are already made and painted,
to be put into place once the final
coat of pale blue is added.
It'll be a great conversation piece
in my lounge till God calls me,''
We all have to face the fact sooner
or later,'' Mrs Ball said. So if you
decide soon enough, then you can do
something about it.
I've had the earth taken away
from beneath me (by the earthqua-
kes). Then I fell into this den of
underground squirrels who are help-
ing me make this coffin.''
She had spoken to the Oxford
Women's Institute about making her
own coffin, and most members were
aghast at the idea, even women who
were older than me''.
Mrs Ball had her inspiration when
she attended a relative's funeral ear-
lier this year.
There are so many things to think
about, and nobody knew where to get
a coffin built. That's when I turned
up here (at the club's Northbrook
studios in Rangiora) and they
laughed at me.
I wanted a home to build a coffin
in. This group here has provided
everything -- including a cup of tea
As yet, her idea of building coffins
from 16mm customwood has not
taken off, but Evelyn Ball is certain
there is a market for her plan, along
similar lines to what the Coffin Club
is doing in Rotorua.
Retired builder Norm Wood, who
is her boss' among the underground
squirrels at the North Canterbury
Woodcraft Club, suggested if he built
a coffin it would have a wine rack
built into it.
Otherwise, he said, it would be
wasted until it came to be used.
Defence questions witness' credibility
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as Pender-McLean began swearing.
The defence counsel said his injur-
ies were not consistent with the
assault he had described, and that he
had not been dunked in the river, but
became wet from pools of water
where he was siphoning diesel.
Pender-McLean denied this, and
abused Mr McVeigh, who produced a
printout of his criminal record. The
trial is expected to last all week.
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