I was channel-surfing toward the World Hockey Championships yesterday (Canada pummelled Norway, the poor bastards) when I halted on the CBC. They had a piece about the Trappist monks at New Melleray Abbey, who make caskets:
Our caskets and urns are understated in design, showing a preference for vintage, old-world joinery. Wood for the caskets comes in part from our own forests. It is our hope that the work of our hands will help nourish a return to a dignified spirituality of death.
Running a monastery is expensive, and I’m constantly fascinated by the creative entrepreneurial spirit of monks. I know of monks who make whiskey, fudge and fruit cake, among other things.