Wood cup / Kuksa
or just a wonderful way to drink a cappuccino in nature…
After a walk in the forest with Filiz I came home with some wood…
Just could not resist since I just worked on my carving tools.
So it was time to put some of these tools to work.
I had no plan for the green wood when I brought it home, but I realized that this one had the size to become a fine little cup, so I cut the wood up for this one.
Last time I made a cup I was in Scotland: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89610
(As you can see behind I also work on some spoons).
Was considering to use a hand drill for the initial hollow out, but thought it would be more fun to test different hollow out methods.
First the gouge and some good tobacco.
It is quick and easy with a fair weight mallet.
Also easy to control direction.
So I finish the rough shape with this method.
Quick and clean.
Then a dogleg gouge for thaping the lowest part.
And finally spoon knifes, nice and sharp to finish up the shape.
I do like these knifes, they cut like a knife in butter.
I use a band saw to help me up a little.
Rough shaping the outside.
The rest of the shaping was done by hand with knifes and a sharp chisel, was so much into the process that I forgot to take pictures. ;-)
Then I worked the bowl with scrapers, like this I could get a wonderful surface on the inside.
I do like scrapers and like to have sizes that fit the job.
A few spots was taken with sandpaper, some of the hollow spots was not easy to reach with the scrapers.
Here you also see the two new knifes I just made and brought to the test, they worked like a dream, sharp and holding the edge.
We gut a cup!
Since the wood were drying out relatively fast I decided to soak it 24 hours in raw linseed oil to prevent it from cracking. It would have been better if I had the patience to wait with the outside until the wood was dry I guess.
Do love the linseed oil.
Next day I decided to polish it up to make it more waterproof, don’t know if it was needed but I did it.
It did look like it makes the surface more dense and at least it makes it even more beautiful.
The outside also get a wee polish, this just for the joy and to make it more easy to clean.
Some bees wax and I think it must be enough.
(Before using the cup I will clean it in hot water, so I don’t get all that in my coffee.
Yes I am happy, perfect size for coffee.
Especially I look forward to a field espresso: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40855
So I put my brand on it.
Not perfect, but full of life, just like I try to be my self.
Perhaps I will rework the handle, think it will look beautiful if I can make it into a ring shape, but this will be when sitting in nature.
Time to test it after a good cleaning.
Wauuu that is wonderful, drinking coffee from a self made cup, the wood against the lips are like silk.
Yes I can recommend every one make them self a cup, I had a wonderful time and will now have a unique pleasure drinking coffee when enjoying the beauty of nature.
Hope it can inspire, who knows, perhaps a few cups.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.