“Custom wooden urns have always been part of the plan for The Valley Workshop. Years ago, I was approached by a friend whose father who had passed away, and he asked me if I would make his. I was honoured to do it, never realizing the impact it would have on the family and friends who saw it. It had scroll-work and an engraved message from the family on the front, and a meaningful, detailed image engraved on the top along with his name and the years of his life. I made it out of red oak, I believe. While it probably wasn’t as refined as what I’m doing now, the reaction that it got was really moving. At an otherwise sad event, I saw how this one-of-a-kind urn made people smile. They touched it to feel the detail. They remarked how special it was and how it was ‘so him’. That was the moment that I realized that this was something I wanted to do,” explains Roskies.