Dovetails, The Pope’s Coffin and the Unidentified Craftsman

A quest to find the builder of this famous project.
By Kara Gebhart Uhl
Page: 52

From the October 2005 issue #150
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The morning after Pope John Paul II’s funeral, John Darrow, Frank Klausz’s finisher, asked Klausz, “Did you see the pope’s coffin?” Klausz hadn’t. “It has big, big pins and tails, just like you do them!” Darrow said.

Using pictures of the coffin to determine scale, Klausz made a replica pine corner. Then he examined the joinery in the pictures using a magnifying loop. “It was easy to tell nobody measured or used angle gauges,” Klausz says.

Finding out who built the highly publicized coffin should have been easy, but it wasn’t.

From the October 2005 issue #150
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