A hazel burl cup Hand carving a kuksa cup Fancy a brew? Finished kuksa cups Field Maple Kuksa Cup Hollowing out a cup Wilderness crafts Hand carved hazel Kuksa cup A selection of wooden crafts made my Joe O'Leary Hand carved Kuksa cups Carving a kuksa cup Kuksa carved from sweet chestnut in the woods Splitting large timber Carving the kuksa handle

2 Day Kuksa Cup Carving Workshop

This 2 day woodland workshop focuses on a broad range of carving skills to enable you to create your own hand carved Kuksa (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 you'll head home with your finished personalised cup, to treasure with all your heart until you carve the next one!

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

All tools, materials and hot drinks are provided however, as all craft workshops are self-catered, please bring your own food for the duration. 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. You would be welcome to bring a small camping stove to speed up mealtimes, however small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

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 can also be booked as a private training course so if the advertised date doesn’t suit you, get in touch to choose your own. Many other crafts, wilderness living and survival skills taught here can also be covered during a private course.

2 Day Kuksa Cup Carving Workshop

Carving a Kuksa Workshop

2 Days

14-Aug-2021 to 15-Aug-2021

Start 09.00

Finish 17.00


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