Finished kuksa cups Kuksa carved from sweet chestnut in the woods Roughing out a Kuksa cup with an axe Hand carving a kuksa cup Hollowing out a cup Splitting large timber Hand carved Kuksa cups Carving with an axe Carving the kuksa handle Roughing out a Kuksa cup

Carving a Noggin Cup Workshop

Your project for this weekend workshop will be to carve and finish a little wooden cup, drawing inspiration from both Scandinavian and North American folk crafts.

Steeped in tradition, these Kuksa, Kasa or noggin cups are traditionally hand carved from a birch burl but can also be carved from a split log. Well made and properly looked after, ‘belt cups’ like these would last a lifetime.

Regional traditions had an influence on design allowing many variations on a theme and plenty of inspiration for modern day carvers, like us.

The axe features heavily during the two days; we cover tool selection, safety, maintenance of the axe as well as sectioning and splitting larger timber using this versatile and iconic tool. Roughing out of carving projects safely using the axe is also covered as well as fine knife work and an introduction to wood hollowing tools such as the crooked knife and gouge chisel used in conjunction with green woodworking gadgets made from the surrounding woods.

You will be shown how to seek out interesting features in the wood such as grain pattern, protrusions and spalting discolouration which can add a personal touch to your cup. If that’s not enough, you will also be shown how to decorate and embellish your work using specialised carving techniques. Finally we’ll seal the cups with oil and you’ll go away with a personalised creation to treasure with all your heart.....until you carve the next one.

The working day will begin at 9am sharp and we’ll down tools at 5pm daily (although please be prepared to stay on a bit later if needed).

If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages to our location are Tisbury, Hindon & Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

This workshop is self catered. Please bring enough food for the duration. Hot drinks, fruit and snacks are available all day. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. Small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

Carving a Noggin Cup Workshop

Carving a Noggin Cup Workshop

2 Days

19-Oct-2019 to 20-Oct-2019

17-Oct-2020 to 18-Oct-2020

Start 09.00

Finish 17.00


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