Kuksa Carving Day Course
The kuksa carving day is just that, a crafty day learning how to carve with green wood to create your very own Kuksa. The name kuksa derives from the Scandinavian word meaning drinking vessel or cup and is traditionally carved from birch wood by the Sami people of the north. During this course, you’ll be using local woods to carve you kuksa. These will include species such as birch, sycamore, and ash. The day will be spent carving under the woodland canopy where you will truly be in touch with nature. By the end of the course, you’ll walk away with your very own hand carved kuksa, made by you.
Over the course of the day you’ll learn:
- How to safely use knives, saws, gouges and axes including, various cutting techniques
- The fundamentals of carving with green wood
- How to sustainably source material for your kuksa
- How to split using axes
- How to split using froes
- How to split using wedges
- How to remove the waste material from the bowl using gouges and hook knives
- How to shape the outside of your kuksa using axes and knives
- How to sand and smooth out cut marks left by tools
- How to finish off your kuksa with oils/waxes
Your Day 9.30 – 16.30
|Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft|
You’ll be welcomed by one of our instructors and guided through the woodland to our base camp where you’ll be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you’ll be using during the week.
Tools for the job
Our instructors will take you through the safe handling and correct cutting techniques required to carve your kuksa, You’ll be splitting, chopping, and carving with a number of green woodworking tools through the day, so first, we’ll look at each in turn
Sourcing the materials
It’s then time to source the materials, under expert guidance you’ll source and harvest your chosen wood. we’ll take you out into the woodland in search of the correct materials required to carve a kuksa cup with. You’ll get the chance to use a saw and axe at this point under the tuition of our instructors you will harvest the timber ready for the next stage.
|Splitting, sawing and chopping|
The time has come to split the timber in half, here you’ll use a number of tools, from a froe, axe or wedge to split the wood evenly. At this point, you’ll sketch the design of your kuksa onto the timber and begin to carve the initial shape of the kuksa by removing the material from the bowl.
Shaping and finishing the kuksa
Throughout the day you’ll be shown how to carve the outside of the kuksa from shaping the bowl through to the design of the handle. You’ll be shown how to safely remove excess material quickly and efficiently. At the end of this stage, you should have a roughed out kuksa.
|Sanding and oiling|
With your kuksa roughed out, the next stage is to sand it removing the cut marks left by the tools. At this stage we recommend you leave the kuksa to dry for a couple of days before finishing the final stages of sanding and oiling at home. We’ll provide you with full instructions on how to finish your kuksa including the different types of oils/waxes you can use.
All good things must come to an end, time to pack up and head home.
Learn to carve a spoon the day before this course on our spoon carving day.