Man makes own coffin and gets prize

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - October 22, 2008

He's made his own coffin.

His handiwork is so good, he's won a blue ribbon in this year's crafts and hobbies competition at the North Carolina State Fair.

His casket is crafted from hard-rock maple and Brazilian cherry.

He also carved his signature into the wood with a router.

Hunter says he'll pin pictures of his son, daughter and grandchildren, inside the lid.

The 75-year-old Hunter doesn't expect to be using his prize-winning coffin anytime soon.

He tells the News & Observer of Raleigh that his health is good, despite some previous problems.

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