We are located in the southwest corner of Colorado where Dibénitsaah, the Dine’ Peoples Northern Sacred Mountain is located). Please know, we provide our utmost efforts to accommodate you during the unexpected loss of a friend or loved one. We understand there are many decisions to be made. We know the situation in its entirety and genuinely want to help where we can to the best of our abilities. We continually strive to evolve and improve our products & services without compromising respect and traditions. Every effort is made to assure the satisfaction of friends and loved ones.

“Wood is a living thing. Every piece of wood is distinctive and unique.
The same is true of people.”

Summit Ridge Wood Design exists because of the love, feel, smell and soothing satisfaction of working with wood. After building a log home by hand, the desire for working with wood continued. Soon orders began for artisan wood products that we would design and build. Work soon expanded into the field of commercial cabinetry. Summit Ridge products, furniture and fixtures can be found in a host of homes and businesses across the US. “There is something fulfilling about making things that will be used, valued and passed along for generations”.

“I am the swift up-flinging rush of quiet birds in circling flight.
Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there; I did not die.

How Summit Ridge Custom Caskets was founded …

Our first casket was created for dear cousin who had suffered a tragic loss. We knew that what we built had to “reflect the person” we lost—"to reflect their spirit and celebrate their life”. When complete, it was a pure and simple thing of beauty … And requests for custom caskets grew and continued to grow. During this time, we realized that what was “true” for our lost cousin was true for everyone: the caskets we craft must “reflect, honor and celebrate their lives”.

Another critical aspect of making the first casket was seeing first-hand how appalling our relatives were treated by the “funeral business”. Most funeral homes are trustworthy. Others are only profit-driven and will not hesitate to take advantage of your grief, your urgent need and your lack of knowledge of the funeral business. We know of their expertise in offering services you may not want or need. We are happy to share insight and advice with anyone who needs help. No purchase necessary. It is our honor to help.

Funeral Rule For Consumers



We have a variety of testimonials over the years received through private emails and thank you cards.

Dear Lin & Tobie @ Summit Ridge Wood Design,
I just wanted to thank you for your help and compassion during a terrible time for our family. The entire family was and still is devastated and we were trying to help my sister in law with some of the arrangements, when I was handed your website. I was impressed immediately. All of your products were beautiful and custom made, which was so important to the family. I believe I called you on Sunday or Monday, with a bunch of questions, and you were both so helpful. We were able to order the casket, with so many specialized details and it arrived in plenty of time for his viewing. I’d like to thank you again for the caring and compassion you showed to my sister in law when she called you about adding names and some other details. She was very impressed and felt so pleased with the finished casket. I would highly recommend your business to anyone in the native community who is dealing with the death of a loved one. Thanks again.

D. Davis | NV

Dear Toby, 
The casket that you made for Jack’s burial was so beautiful and perfect, words can’t express our gratitude. Your thoughtfulness and kindness helped us through our time of grief. 

The Family of J. Hardy

Good Morning,
I would love to help get the word out. First of all, I couldn’t tell you how much I appreciated your business. During our time of loss, we just wanted my grandfather to buried and put to rest in the most beautiful casket, which he very much deserved. After finding your website and contacting you we couldn’t have been more satisfied. The service was fast and very professional. At this time of grieving it seems to be so hard to deal with everyday functions but while dealing with your company you made me feel so comfortable and welcomed, I know I have never officially met you and your wife in person but it seems like we knew each other for years. I have been spreading the word to the local tribes in regards to your caskets. I would recommend to any one and everyone who will need to purchase a casket in the future to your company. Once again I couldn’t have been any happier with the awesome customer service. Let me know if I could further help? I will be willing to help in any way.


R. Jackson, Benefits & Records Clerk

HVT-Insurance Department
Hoopa, CA 95546

Tobie & Lin, you don’t just give, you give from the heart and it makes a difference. For all the things you have done for our family. God Bless you both.

Love, Virginia & Family

Dolores, CO

Thank you so much for the urn you made. I know my dad would have loved it and everyone else did, you did a wonderful job, told everyone about your company. Thanks again. 

L. Pilla | Stillwater, MN

Summit Ridge Wood Design’s approach to the funeral industry is unique and one that is extremely sensitive to Navajo people and its traditions and culture. Summit Ridge Wood Design, a Navajo owned enterprise, has provided exceptional services and products during the time of our need with the loss of two family members recently. Summit Ridge Wood Design took the time to listen to our needs and fulfilled our requests in a timely manner. Moreover, we were very pleased with their customer service and their superior craftsmanship of their products. We highly recommend the services and products of Summit Ridge Wood Design!

The Benally Family | Shiprock, NM

Dear Tobie & Lynn, a year ago my brother Lynn Patten and I laid our father to rest in the beautiful casket you made. Our pain was horrific but surrounding him with the things he loved…the picture of old Ute over his head and the wood of his beloved mountains made it better. I didn’t write then because the pain was to fresh. I write now o tell you that you are so appreciated by our family. My dad, Ray Patten, lived 91 years and now rests in peace knowing he is safely in the hands of our heavenly father and shielded on this earth by your creation. 

K. Wade | Fortine, MT

Mr. Tobie Benally, thank you for crafting the beautiful casket for our dad. It was a truly beautiful piece of work. Thank you again for your services.

The family of C. Todacheene S/R | NM

Thank you so much. You have been good to us. We pray Dad to bless you in your work helping your people. 

I. Yazzie & Family

Dear Friends, there just aren’t the right words on this earth to convey our thankfulness and appreciation to you for the caskets. Your overwhelming generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness have added much sweetness to difficult times in our lives! Dad, Mom and dear Terry would be so honored! With so much gratefulness until heaven where caskets will be needed no more! 

J. & D. Jean | Dove Creek, CO

Lin, I want to thank you for helping us out, I would really like to express my gratefulness to your company for allowing native families to have quality caskets with native designs which are a great part of our lives. 

G. M. | Moose, CA

Toby & Lynn, I want you to know how much your thoughtfulness is appreciated. Thank you so much for your kindness & compassion during a trying time for me and my son. Wishing you many blessings!

J. & I. Harragarra | Lakewood, CO

Dearest Toby & Lynn, Thank you for your caring and thoughtfulness. It’s rare to find friends as priceless as you but you never know where or when a treasured person will come into our lives. Knowing you were there for us really helped lift our sorrow. Jeff’s and Nick’s hearts were less heavy after hearing from you. I thank the Lord my husband and brother have wonderful people like you in their lives. 

Gratefully yours, McDargh and Tomada Families

Lin, We just received the urn tonight and it is beautiful! Exactly what we wanted. It brought a tear to my eye realizing how much my Dad would have loved it. Thank you again.

C. Schkade | Englewood, CO


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