In most Russian families even not religious ones on Easter people cook a special dish. It is called ‘paskha’ (the same Russian word for Easter). It is made essentially from curd (cottage cheese) and other components and looks like truncated pyramid. To cook it one must have a special mold. It is called ‘pasochnitsa’ (from the word paskha). In previous times people made these moldes themselves from wood. And this item often stayed in a family for many generations. Now people usually buy in shops pasochnitsas made from plastic.
My wife has a plastic pasochnitsa too. Here it is
Several years ago she asked me if I could to make this thing from wood. I answered ‘darling I have not enough skills and tools to make it. All those tenons and mortises and carving… I don’t know how to make them’. Recently I recalled that conversation and thought ‘now I rather have enough skills and tools, may be not for carving only, and I should try’.
In my last entry I described making a carving knife. Here are my exercises in carving
So the building begins
A rough scheme of the item
The stock board of basswood
Preparing of smoll boards for glueing
For glueing I chose casein glue because it would be more authentic and not hazardous for cooking meal. Preparing the glue
Glueing the boards together