Griffith Woodworks Marblehead, Massachusetts Coffin Maker

Griffith Woodworks offer handcrafted eastern white pine coffins of our own unique design. We use no metal fasteners of any kind, delivered free in the Marblehead, Massachusetts area, and offer distance shipping at cost.

I, Davis Griffith, have been doing business as Griffith Woodworks since 1975. My enterprise remains a one man, small-town woodworking shop to this day.

Five years ago, after attending a funeral, I decided that there must be a better way to design and build a coffin/casket.

My coffins are crafted entirely of Eastern White Pine. There are no metal fasteners used of any kind. The top is in three carefully fitted pieces. It is closed by sliding the tapered center piece into place. It is secured with wooden pins. "Box Joint" corners provide strength and a reminder that my coffins are made by the hands of a seasoned craftsman. Each coffin has six rope handles made with natural manila fiber. The toggles are turned from white pine; strong, comfortable, organic.

I am able to be a coffin maker, thanks to others who worked so hard for legal reform of the funeral business. For more than a decade the Federal Trade Commission has required funeral homes to allow customers to provide their own coffins. You can buy a coffin from me and still use the other services of your chosen funeral home. For more information about your rights, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at

No funeral director I have met with is willing to offer my coffin to their customers at a fair price. Therefore, I sell my coffins directly. I have observed that often customers appreciate the type of personal contact with a craftsman that I provide.

I build coffins of the type pictured and make an effort to size them to fit the deceased. I also keep several coffins on hand for rapid delivery when necessary.

Price: $850 each, delivered in the Marblehead, Massachusetts area. Crating and shipping at cost for distant destinations.

Davis Griffith, Griffith Woodworks,
23 Norman Street,
Marblehead, Massachusetts 01945


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