Raleigh master craftsmen laid to rest in coffin he built
Grady Hunter, a master craftsman from Raleigh built his own coffin for the State Fair woodworking competition in 2008. Grady died recently and rests in peace inside that very casket.
CRAFTSMAN. >> Reporter: HE'S LOGGED MANY HOURS IN THE LUMBERYARD, GRADY HUNTER HAS. HE'S ALWAYS LOVED TO WORK WITH WOOD. >> IF YOU TREAT IT RIGHT, IT WILL LAST FOREVER. >> Reporter: HE ALSOS THE STATE FAIR. AT THE HANDICRAFTS AND HOBBY COMPETITION, HE'S ENTERED A HANDMADE COFFIN? >> REAL SMOOTH AND PRETTY. >> WHY BUILD YOUR OWN COFFIN? >> I'VE NEVER LIVED IN A HOUSE I DIDN'T BUILD, SO WHY START NOW? THIS IS THE ONLY THING WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO DO. >> Reporter: HE'S PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE WITH IT. >> IT LOOKS VERY INVITING. >> Reporter: HE WILL BE THE JUDGE. BUT HAVE YOU EVER JUDGED A COFFIN? >> EVERYTHING BUT A COFFIN. >> I HAVE AN URN TO HOLD ASHES SO THEY CAN BE SIDE BY SIDE. >> SO YOU BUILT A COFFIN AND AN URN. >> I LIKE THE IDEA OF MAKING MY OWN RESTING PLACE. IT'S LINED SO IT'S NOT A HARDWOOD EFFECT WHEN YOU PUT YOUR LOVED ONES IN HERE. >> Reporter: HE ACTUALLY BUILT IT FOR A FRIEND AND HIS WIFE. HE'S 75 AND HEALTHY, STILL PUTTERING AROUND THE LUMBERYARD. IT'S WHO HE IS. >> I LOOK AT IT AS BEING A BON VOYAGE PARTY. >> Reporter: WHAT A FINE, FINE LIFE IT'S BEEN. >> I'M TICKLED TO DEATH.