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BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) — A Bakersfield, California couple turned their hobby of woodworking into a full-time job, but they aren’t making the ordinary pieces you might expect.
After hearing there was an interest in handmade caskets, they decided to take on the task. From hot pink and camo to the traditional design, they can do it all.
Owners of 18th Street Carpentry, Andrea Soler and her fianc? offer a unique style of something most people don’t think of often, but is necessary.
“We do round tops, we do flat tops, we do different styles of casket,” Soler says.
They build handmade wood caskets.
“Someone can literally walk in here and say, hey you know I would like a hot pink casket.’ Not that that’s probably very common, but, you know, ‘I’d like something hot pink with a certain specific kind of interior’ and we can provide that to them,” said Soler.
The couple has been involved in woodworking for years but after their family brought up the idea, they decided to start a new business.
“We dropped everything we were doing and just started following this dream that people really are looking for this and that we can bring it to the public,” said Soler.
Soler says building a casket is is much different than building other items.
“It’s a lot more meticulous kind of work. There’s not a lot of hammering and nailing going on in here it’s all very, very fine, fine delicate work that he’s doing.”
Whether you’re in the market for the traditional design or a unique casket, they’re up for the challenge.
The price of a standard casket purchased online or through other retailers is about $1,000. Eighteenth Street Carpentry offers the basic design for $650.