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  • 1932 Ford Roadster Cremation Urn by Steve Shannon

    1932 Ford Roadster Cremation Urn by Steve Shannon

Lisa Calderaro

A 1932 Ford Roadster is not what you would imagine as your typical cremation urn, but for one hot rod enthusiast, that's just what he selected as his final resting place.

Steve Shannon, owner of Custom Crafted Wood, Inc. got a call from a high-spirited senior gentleman from California, asking if he was interested in making a one-of-a-kind, custom urn. "As a vintage Mustang fan, I was excited to get this special request for an old car and I was up for the challenge!" says Steve. "He told me the 1932 Ford is his favorite car. By commissioning me to make the urn now before he needs it, he said he could enjoy it for many years on his mantel."

"We are getting more and more requests from people who want a personalized urn. For some consumers, cost is an issue. But for enthusiasts who are passionate about their hobby or interest, customization comes first. The Steve Shannon Collection is the perfect fit to fill this need," says Steve.

For over five years, Custom Crafted Wood, Inc. has offered the Steve Shannon Collection of urn lines which are individually made by segmenting multiple pieces of natural woods together and hand-turning them for a beautiful, artistic look. A few styles trending now are their Green Color-Dyed Irish themed urns, the Blue Teardrop, and the Hand-Painted urns, which may be customized with any image, including a pet.

"I've partnered with a childhood friend and classically-trained fine artist, Chris Cismesia, to offer the specialized, hand-painted urns," says Steve. "Together we can make something very unique, unlike anything currently in the market."

About the Artists:

Steve Shannon is one of Chicago's highly regarded, professional woodturners, woodcarvers, and custom furniture makers. His cremation urns are currently sold online and in many funeral homes and pet cemeteries nationally. To contact Steve, call 847-687-1473, email, or visit

Chris Cismesia's art includes specialized urns, commissioned portraiture, large scale murals, and reproductions. To contact Chris, call 630-341-0876, email, or visit