Monday, 15 September 2014

Birch Kuksa - Recycled.

Having just completed "The Limiter" I found an old Birch Kuksa that I made years ago when I was just getting into carving and before I had started the blog. The cup had been hidden away in the bottom of a drawer out of sight, but found today whilst looking for envelopes. I decided that the bowl was far to shallow and it would be nice to put some sort of simple decoration on the kuksa.

Before work

So, I set about using my Power Carving Cup Rasp to get some real depth to the cup and take some weight out of the walls.

Drill with Rasp fitted
You can see the thickness to the walls of the bowl and shallow depth in the picture above. My old battered work mate held down with blocks of wood.

Change of drill configuration
I found it better to keep the drill firmly locked, static in the workmate and rotate the work by hand. It seemed to produce better results allowing me to feel the areas that required more wood removal.

Finished Kuksa

The walls of the bowl are considerably  thinner with more depth. I tried to hand carve a simple pattern on either side of the handle. The carving did not come out to well its been far to long since I used my micro tools, more practice required.

A nice large Kuksa to drink mead from.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Beech Burl Kuksa "The Limiter"

Seasoned Beech Burl
I have not carved for some time, however, today I felt the urge. Yesterday I made another 3 gallons of mead one Orange and Vanilla and two Summer fruits and Vanilla. I figured I needed another Kuksa for my son. After digging about in the shed for some time I came up with the Beech burl you see above.

Marked up area for the cup

Time to cut


The shape of the burl dictated the size of the kuksa. However, I was not to disappointed with the relatively small  kuksa size as my boy can polish of mead at an alarming pace LOL, hence the name of "The Limiter". I marked the wood up and removed the waste around the design with a hand saw.

Finally roughing out with the Grunsfors axe. A wonderful if not pricey carving axe.

A break out from the beech

I thought that the piece had been ruined by a break out in the burl whilst roughing out with the axe, but luckily it did not hinder the final cup. Roughing and shaping continued for some time the wood being hard as this was well seasoned beech.

Eventually the time came to remove the waste wood from the bowl area. I started with a large gouge chisel and mallet.

However, despite my efforts to remove the waste it was seriously I decided to go down the automated wood removal route. Having bought a Power Carving Wood Rasp sometime ago now was the time to use it. I have to say what a wonderful tool, it devoured the removal of the bowl wood. I would recommend them for hard seasoned wood. I purchased mine from Toolpost  2" Power Carving Tool Rasp I feel like I have cheated but the results speak for themselves. If the wood had been green it would have been all hand tools.

I finished the shaping work by hand using straight and curved knifes. The cup came out really well. So to the finishing, starting out with 60 grit Abronet working to 400.

The cup finally carved and finished it was time to take it indoors to give it a coating of Walnut oil.

A nice looking and tactile piece of work. The Limiter will have to earn its keep when my son next pays a visit.

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