This page gives a short glossary and visual aid to terms our project uses when discussing coffin fabrication.
The part of the coffin in which the body was placed. The term is used here for both rectangular box coffins and anthropoid coffins.
The part of the coffin that was placed on top of the box. In an anthropoid coffin, this would be the part that resembles the front of the head and body of the person.
The bottom (long axis) of the coffin box.
The short panel at the foot end of the coffin box and lid.
Also known as through-and-through or slash sawing. The trunk or log is sawn down its long axis. Timber cut this way can be recognised by the slash-grain pattern on the planks. It is the most economical way to cut up timber, but the planks are prone to ‘cup’ because the wood dries and shrinks unevenly across the width of the plank.