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December 30, 2013

Brushy Creek offers wood caskets

Brothers Robert and Steve Young followed different career paths in their lives but they are now both involved in Brushy Creek Crafts north of Plano in Appanoose County.

Brushy Creek Crafts is all about handcrafted wood products and about keeping busy, the brothers said Friday.

"We can make anything out of wood," Robert and Steve said Friday while talking about the business. Except they don't have a laser.

Robert, 80 and Steve, 74, are staying busy by making a variety of handcrafted wood products, a couple of which might surprise you.

How about caskets made from three types of wood — solid red oak, walnut and ash — grown and harvested in Appanoose County with upholstery supplied by Dennis and Judith Miller of Plano. They also make pet caskets in a variety of sizes and prices.

Robert talked about the first and last casket.

The first casket he made five years ago was for the mother of his best friend. He said it gave him a sense of joy words cannot express to be a part of her "home going."

"That's a joy that money can't buy. Part of me was invested in something that was precious to you and money can't buy that," Robert said. "That's a driving factor that keeps this old guy wanting to do what he wants to do."

The most recent casket was sold to a family in Promise City, Robert said, and they were very pleased with it.

"You would have thought that I had specifically made that for that family," Robert said. "They just went on and on. There's nothing like that. And they were just so pleased."

All told, Robert said, they have sold 12 caskets in the last five years, mostly to family members and fellow church goers.

Brushy Creek Crafts has a showroom located at Robert's house and the woodworking shop is located across the street at Steve's house.

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