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Humble Beauty in the Face of Death

An outstanding entry in the Smithsonian's competition for very short films is "The Coffinmaker" by Jesse Solomon Clark. Somehow the essence of Marcus Daly, the wood craftsman on Vashon Island and owner of Marian Caskets, is brought out in the 3.40 minute video. The prevailing spirit is peace.

You can watch it here.

And if you like it (you will) you can vote for it at the Smithsonian site.

I know Marcus Daly and his large family. A longer film about their lives together in the forest by Puget Sound also would be gripping, especially since they are at once humble in their faith and living it fully.

I know Marcus Daly and his large family. A longer film about their lives together in the forest by Puget Sound also would be gripping, especially since they are at once humble in their faith and living it fully. The children as well as the parents are also at once fun-loving and really smart.

I learned that the inspiration for the beautiful, simple coffins Marcus makes was, at least in part, the funeral of Pope John Paul II. A spectacular event, but a simple wood casket.

It is amazing how modest symbols can have powerful effects.

You can email brucechapman@discovery.org

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