Yes. Wood is a natural material, so it will decompose over time.
If you are having a natural burial, then you will need an untreated urn. All of our wooden urns can be sent untreated, please add your requirements in the order notes when purchasing your item.
Are wooden urns sealed?
Yes. Depending on the style, they will seal in different ways.
Our wooden caskets are usually screwed shut with discreet screws.
Most of our personalised wooden urns are supplied with glue, please check individual items for its closure.
If you are having a natural burial, you won't be allowed anything metal so we would recommend a water-based PVA glue.
Do you put ashes directly into the urn?
You can place ashes directly into the urn if you wish. If you are planning to bury the urn this might not be a problem.
But if you are planning to display the urn, then placing the ashes inside a bag could be a better option. SOme of the wooden urns have joints, so the ashes could leak slightly through any joins over time.
How long do wooden urns last?
All of our wooden urns come treated with a finish to ensure a long life with minimal upkeep required.
If you are burying the urn and it is untreated, it will start to decompose after a few months.
Which wood is best for an urn?
Depending on your needs there are alot of options.
For biodegradable urns, a widely available and renewable option is Bamboo.
For display, hardwoods like oak and mahogany give a lovely finish and long life.
We also offer turned and hand-carved pieces in woods like Cherry & Maple, these are more decorative pieces.