Meet the fantasy coffin makers in Ghana

*Seventy-two-year-old Paa Joe started making coffins in 1962 while serving as an apprentice with a master builder of caskets.*

Some may label him a carpenter, but Paa Joe has always considered himself an artist who sculpts with wood.

In the late 1970s he decided to specialize in making “fantasy coffins”. They are known as ‘Abebuu Adekai’ in the Ga language – it means ‘the receptacle of proverbs’.

But Paa Joe says his caskets also have very practical elements to their design. The shapes he car…