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Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:44 pm

I have been looking for inspiration for kuksas all over the net in the last couple of weeks. And there arent any galleries of kuksas out there (that I know of).
So I thought this would be a good place to start one.

Please post your pictures of kuksas! :D

This is one I finished yesterday. Birch and home made paint (Robins recipe):
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:47 pm

And here is one that i found on a swedish slöjd-page. Maker unknown.

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Im not sure if this one is a kuksa or a mazer, but it is nice:
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby nellybelly » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:02 pm

Love the painted kuksa Mikkel excellent craftsmanship, i've got to get my head round posting pictures so i can put some of mine on here.

Would the paint help to seal a leaking cup so that it could be used for spirits as well as hot drinks?
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby robin wood » Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:05 pm

Lovely work Mikkel and nice idea for a thread. I did one similar on BCUK a couple of years ago http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showth ... nspiration but not many folk were carving them then. I am sure we will get more now.
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:50 pm

I do like your kuksa, and have noticed your 3 little lines that you put on your spoons as well, a nice touch. Is this a makers mark?

I was asked to put some of my kuksa pictures on this flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/1565793@N22/, which I have not got around to yet.

here is one of mine, probably already posted on this site somewhere.
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:15 pm

Thank you for all the positive replies! :D

I am not sure about the paint helping to waterproof the kuksa. I don't think that it will make any difference in that respect. I am putting my trust in linseed oil for the time being.

The three lines on the back of the spoon and kuksa were mostly to add a bit of detail to the piece, but I have thought of using it more as a makers mark. I like the subtlety of the mark.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of kuksas in the future!
And i really like that kuksa Sean. I have actually thought of it quite a lot since you first posted that picture.
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:27 pm

This guy sells handcarved kuksas online. He has a nice homepage with a lot of pictures:
http://www.handmadeofwood.com/home

He also has a picasa-gallery with a lot of different projects. Including a lot of kuksas:
http://picasaweb.google.com/handmadeofw ... odcarving#
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby robin wood » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:05 am

I forgot to say I think this one
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May be for milking, perhaps sheep?

I have a very similar one from Romania, it sits over a bucket as you milk into it, then you can glance at the milk and check it has no nasties before tipping it into the bucket. Mine is about 6" diameter at the bowl.
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:11 pm

Interesting info on that bowl Robin. I just checked the dimensions of the bowl at the auction-site. Its 25 cm wide (including the handles I think) and 9,5 cm tall. That is pretty big for a drinking bowl I think. So you might be right about the use. Its a good explanation for the position of the handles.
You can see it here: http://www.icollector.com/K-sa-V-sterg-tland-16-1700-tal-L-25-cm-H-9-5-cm-skada_i6837302

And to put some more kuksas in the gallery:
Here are two by Göran Bäckman in Linköping...

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This is his site: http://www.sorbus.nu/start.html
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Simon Hill » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:33 pm

really nice shape you have on that handle, in fact the whole shape of the kuksa is stunning!.
picsHeres a couple of mine.
A recent one.

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Oh the 3 marks would be a great makers mark, I think you should use it.
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:47 am

Here are two by Niklas Karlsson:

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This is his site:
http://ahardslojdlife.blogspot.com/2008 ... -site.html
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikael M » Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:25 pm

Nice kuksas everyone!

But I have to disagree with the milking cup interpretation when it comes to that old kåsa from Västergötland. Kåsa (or kousa in Finnish) is a drinking cup. It's not a kuksa but a drinking cup that was passed around in parties and used mainly for alcoholic beverages.

Here's a few more from Västergöland:
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And here's a kousa from Rusko, FInland. Marked with year 1542. It's made of a single piece of spruce root.
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Details:
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http://www.nba.fi/fi/kansatieteelliset_kousa

Here's a haarikka or tuoppi (pint) for beer from Finland with similar dimensions (diameter c. 20cm) and quite similar appearance as the auctioned kåsa. This one has a bottom made of another piece of wood.

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http://suomenmuseotonline.fi/fi/kohde/E ... emIndex=12

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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Mikkel Frederiksen » Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:59 pm

@ Mikael
I just love those "kousas"! We have similar findings here in Denmark. They are on display at the National Museum in Copenhagen and I believe ther are dated to somwhere around the early 16th century.

In Denmark they are called "Gevir-bægre"... That would translate into something like Antler-goblets.
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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Graeme Fraser » Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:53 pm

A few from me but the second is really a Voyageur-style belt cup or canoe cup. Still its a wooden cup :roll: .

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My very first successful one. Others split on me because I didn't understand about avoiding the pith and centre of the log but Nicola's diagram sorted that. As you can see it's been well used!

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They're all tooled-finish which is a bit of a change for me but mostly what I do nowadays.

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Re: Kuksa pictures

Postby Stanleythecat » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:46 pm

Graeme can I ask what you finished those with and do you drink hot drinks out of them?

A while back I made a water tight shrink pot and finished it with a food safe curing wax oil but I was wondering what other people might use? I have made another larger one and I'd like to seal it but i'm not quite sure what to use.

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