|Project by Courtney||posted 04-08-2013 01:02 AM||2339 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This is my first kuksa. I really enjoyed the carving process, and I’m just about ready to tackle a full-sized bowl. This holds about 8oz. It’s a little on the small size (I wish I had a little more wood to work with to make it a bit taller – I would’ve been happier with the proportions), but it was good wood for a first try. The small bird on the side is very much an Esherick inspired carving. He had a similar one on the inner door of his workshop.
As always, there’s nothing like using an axe to rough out a piece of wood. Totally enjoyable. Hopefully this will be the first of many. The finish is Tung oil. I’m going to try to dry it slowly (anybody have experience with this?), and I may go with a technique I read about that involves boiling the kuksa in salt water and then packing in wood chips to dry. Sounds risky, but I just may try whatever Ian Tomsett suggests—his work is stunning.
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