Saturday

Carve Your Own Kuksa Cup


Over at Jon's Bushcraft, the manliest crafting site on the internet, Jon has put up a tutorial about carving your own Kuksa cup. Warning: You ain't gonna be shopping at no Home Depot for supplies for this craft, Jack. A log, an axe, a knife, and some sandpaper are all the tools you're gonna need. link

6 comments:

  1. very nicely done. However, working with green and straight grained birch may make the wood crack.

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  2. Real Kuksa cups are actually made of this stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burl

    Just thought I'd let you know, since I'm from Finland as are the cups. Just found your blog today and I'm hooked!

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  3. Thanks for the info, gents. Always happy for the comments! Welcome to DudeCraft!

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  4. Very nice. Thank you. I think I"ll try it. God Bless you from Montana U.S.A

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  5. Traditionally, bowls (and cups) were carved from split green wood with axes/ adzes and an assortment of gouges and planes/spokeshaves. I would not use a burl to carve a kuksa, as the grain is everywhere and every bit as likely to crack as straight grained green wood.

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  6. If you boil the green kuksa in salt water for a couple of hours. Then let thorougly dry before finish carving, it won't crack. Be sure to oil it, I use Hemp oil, then finish with local beeswax, and buff

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