I’ve been thinking. Shocking I know but it tends to happen at times. When I die, is there some useful purpose my remains could service, aside from providing a gravestone for dogs to piss on?
Enter English product designer Nadine Jarvis and her novel idea for disposing of my dead body – making pencils out of my ashes. Using the cremated remains, or Cremains, it estimated that one adult dead body can produce 240 pencils. Now that’s value for ashes.
Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings – a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.
There you have it. Get turned into pencils and donate them to your local library or pre-school ;)
Read more about corpse pencils at Jarvis’ web site.