Bergen's Pet Urn

Well, I finished Bergen's Pet Urn

and it was a complete pleasure!  It has a black under glaze and a custom "B" that I carved on the top for the knob. It has my favorite exotic wood (Cocobolo Rosewood). I have an explanation of the type of wood on the pet urns page of the site and more custom  pet urns, follow this link to see more pet urns. 

Cocobolo is a tropical hardwood from Central America. Only the heartwood is used: this is typically orange or reddish-brown in color, often with a figuring of darker irregular traces weaving through the wood. The sapwood (not often used) is a creamy yellow, with a sharp boundary with the heartwood. The heartwood is known to change color after being cut, lending to its appeal.

Cocobolo is oily in look and feel. This oil lends a strong, unmistakable floral odor even to well seasoned wood and occasionally stains the hands with prolonged exposure. Standing up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, a common use is in gun grips and knife handles. It is very hard, fine textured and dense, but is easily machined, although due to the abundance of natural oils, the wood tends to clog abrasives and fine-toothed saw blades, like other very hard, very dense tropical woods. Due to its density and hardness, even a large block of the cut wood will produce a clear musical tone if struck. Cocobolo can be polished to a lustrous, glassy finish. The high natural oil content of the wood makes it difficult to achieve a strong glue joint, and can inhibit the curing of some varnishes, particularly oil based finishes. Great wood for your urn for cremation.

The most wonderful thing about my pottery
business is that I get to make a special
connection with my customers and a lot of
them become friends of mine, enriching my
life. I just completed a pet urn for Elizabeth
and her family. She had such a cute doggy
(picture below).. his name was "Bergen". I
will share her e-mail to me (right side of
Bergen). This was a very nice family and I
appreciate them letting me put this story on
my website.

Here is a photo of my pug Bergen. He was about 22lbs.
Bergen was the sweetest and funniest dog.  We adopted him
from pug rescue when he was 5 years old. He died when he
was 12.  He was completely blind from the day we met him.
He loved to just be near us. I was always tripping over him
because he was always at my feet.  He loved to go for rides
in the car and would try to shoot out the door whenever we
opened it to leave the house. he'd run out and sit next to the
car.   He slept with my daughter when she was a baby.
Curled up next to her.
He was plagued with bad teeth and ear infections all his life.
He died from a terrible tumor that had taken over his sinus

Bergen was soft and had a beautiful shiny black coat.  I want
the urn to be absolutely plain but with a shiny black finish to
pay homage to his beautiful body.  I like the shape as it
reminds me of him- squat and chubby. Also pugs are
Chinese so the overall shape fits because it's asian in spirit.

Looking at his photo I can't believe he's gone.  I have had
many pugs, and seen many pugs, but I have never seen one
that looks remotely like Bergen.  he was a true gift in our
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