Campbell Metcalfe’s Kuksa Cup

The following post was kindly sent in by fellow Woodlorean Campbell Metcalfe:

Hi Woodlore,

After coming on a Fundamental Bushcraft course in September I’ve been enjoying walks around the forests near where I live in Scotland. After seeing a traditional Kuksa in a couple of Ray’s programmes, I thought I’d give it a go; having only carved one or two spoons before I knew it would be quite a challenge.

On one of my walks I found a recently fallen ash tree with a large enough burr on the side of it to try to make my cup. I started by hewing the rough shape out with the Small Forest Axe and carving the bowl out. After a slightly over enthusiastic hit with the axe I unfortunately snapped the handle. A quick repair job later and the cup looked fine, so kept on going.

Campbell's in-progress Kuksa

Campbell’s in-progress Kuksa

After boiling in salt water, drying, repegging the handle and finishing the carving, then sanding and oiling it, the Kuksa is finally done. A piece of nettle string that I made during the Fundamental Bushcraft course through the handle finishes the whole thing. Now time to enjoy a good cup of coffee!

The finished article

The finished article

 

The finished article

The finished article

I’d love to know what you think.

Thanks,

Campbell Metcalfe

6 thoughts on “Campbell Metcalfe’s Kuksa Cup

  1. Celtic Rambler

    That’s beautiful. Lovely figuring in the wood, and you’ve done a brilliant job of fixing the handle.

    Amazing for your first ever kuksa – inspires me to get off my butt and make one!

    Cheers,

    Dave

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  2. Micahel

    Really beautiful piece of work. Love the color and texture of the wood, it looks very unusual. Why did you boil it in Salt water?

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  3. David Southey

    Its incredibly satisfying to bring out the beauty beneath the bark, even more so if its something your gonna use Every day. Great job Campbell!

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