Kuksa / Tas (Turkish) carving, in Turkey.

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Kuksa / Tas (Turkish) carving
in Turkey

After two and a half months holidays in Turkey, mostly there to relax and recover, but yes as a wood nerd, I do have some tools there and brought a few in the suitcase also.
So a perfect chance to work on the carving skills and test some new and some of my self made tools.
Sandal wood, local and harvested green as I were there, here a split up branch, that becomes a wood cup.

This post is from the blog ‘Spoon and Kuksa carving in Turkey’ where you can get the full story:

I have to warn you, the blog is full of non woodworking also. ;-)

1. Tas from Sandal wood.
2. First the axe for the outside shape.
3. Next step us to hollow out..
4. Tools, sun and wood.
5. Oil in many layers.
6. The Kuksa have a had it’s fist couple of hikes, here by the Aegean Sea.

Perhaps this can inspire others to doo some carving.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 08-30-2017 06:05 PM

Interesting process and tools MaFe. Nice that you can include a hammock as part of your carving toolkit.
What type of oil are you using, and how well does it work with the green wood?
Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 08-30-2017 06:28 PM

That looks like a whole lot of fun Mads. Is that a French axe you’re using there?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 08-30-2017 07:23 PM

Looks like a fun job. The only thing missing is the pipe.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-30-2017 09:08 PM

Nice work on the kuksa, Mads!!!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, my friend…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-31-2017 01:14 AM

Glad to see you have brought woodworking with you on holiday.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-31-2017 02:03 AM


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 08-31-2017 04:10 PM

Nice work, Mads. No matter what you always find a way to make the best use of time.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 09-05-2017 09:14 PM

Dude, don’t forget you can burn your shavings as incense, smells great!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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