Aldergrove Woodworks shop interior

We are a family business

located in Hillsborough, North Carolina

Aldergrove Woodworks began in 2015 to provide families with wooden caskets made exclusively from biodegradable materials.

We found that building such unique hand-crafted items for our community was a deeply rewarding experience.


Our passion for thoughtful design and construction expanded to include woodworking for homeowners and businesses.

As we've grown, we've developed a few home products you can browse or contact us so we can talk about the project you have in mind.

We look forward to working with you to build what you need.



 John, Carolyn, and Sunshine


A few words on WOODWORKING

by John

People have been making things out of wood for a very long time. 


At some point, in the quest for a more comfortable seat, somebody altered a wooden log to better fit the human form.


Thus, the dimension of the human body has long been the basis by which we design objects from natural materials.

In the tradition of designing for human needs and building by human means, I strive to make objects that celebrate our humanity.


With each creation, I pass along the opportunity to use the object in the manner that best suits YOUR human need:

- growing salsa in your raised garden bed.


- writing books to fill your bookshelves.

- painting artwork on a casket to memorialize your loved one.

John Jull - Aldergrove Woodwork's primary craftsperson


I want to craft objects that connect us 

both functionally and esthetically

to the artifacts

of our daily lives.



Why caskets?

My wife Carolyn and I had suffered a series of losses and we found that what was being offered by the funeral industry didn't align with our tastes and values. Our first green (and Kosher) casket was born of that time of tragedy.


Later, I built my mother’s casket while she was in hospice care in our living room. I needed something to DO and I found solace in pouring my energy into building something that she would have appreciated - a casket that had just the right boards with unusual color and grain. 


Building caskets became my therapy and my way of pushing back against death. Of course, there's no stopping death, but I found I could reflect on the process and set some terms.


I continue to build caskets for family and clients alike, pouring my heart and soul into each one.

If I may assist you through your end of life tasks, I will do for you as I would do for my own.

- John

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Southern Yellow Pine boards with clamp

When I tell people that I work as a coffineer, there is usually a pause while they digest that, often followed by a step back. 


Yes, I make coffins and caskets.


I feel 'called' to do this work.



I believe my place is to be at the intersection of art, craft, and compassion.