Monks lifting lid on coffin row in Louisiana
4 July 2012 Last updated at 05:01 BST
From beer to jam monasteries have long been engines of industry, but now the work of some Benedictine monks in Louisiana has landed them in a legal battle.
At the Saint Joseph Abbey coffins have always been built for personal use and five years ago the monks decided to make a business out of it.
This did not sit well with local funeral directors and now the fight is making its way through the courts.
Paul Adams reports.