Ghana Coffin Makers

Gosh, maybe about 20 or so years ago I saw a fabulous exhibit of hand carved wooden coffins from Ghana at the Chicago Cultural Center. There were about 20 colorful coffins of all shapes and designs. I knew I would look this up if I ever went to Ghana.

Just outside of Accra there are a few coffin shops where carpenters make coffins to order. A family orders a coffin to represent the livelihood, hobby or some symbol to honor their loved one. It takes about 2 weeks to build a full size coffin and they cost about $1300 per coffin. Coffins can be shaped as a pencil (for a teacher), crab (fisherman), cell phone, rooster, airplane, carton of juice, hairdryer, beer bottle, small village (for a village chief), decorative bead……only your imagination limits you.

You can also purchase small versions of the coffins – probably for tourists as I don’t think Ghanaians buy these. I bought a STAR beer bottle… a perfect vessel for the trip to eternity.

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Ghana Coffin Shop.

Ghana Coffin Shop.

Club Beer and Coca Cola coffin

Club Beer and Coca Cola coffin

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Tro-tro coffin

Tro-tro coffin

Tro-tro coffin side view

Tro-tro coffin side view

Coffin that bugs you

Coffin that bugs you

The eagle has landed

The eagle has landed

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