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Project by Sergeich posted 02-11-2014 06:19 PM 2635 views 10 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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, which can be deconstructed because dish sides have sculptured drawings. This mold 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. 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’.
Build details are in my blog
Made from basswood with handtools. Finish is linseed oil.
And yes, I know this dish is cooked as well in Ukraine and may be in other countries with orthodoxal christian traditions.
There is a lot of recipes to cook paskha and in fact every houswife has her own recipe offently adopted from her mother and grandmother and so on. Here are some links in English with detailed description of cooking paskha:
link 1
link 2

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 06:25 PM

Beautiful work. Please explain more about the tradition and the mold. What wood is it from? How do you cook this? (I have a passion for cooking also).

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 06:42 PM

Excellent. I’m sure she will be happy, and you have taken one off the list of things to do.

Nice carvings.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 02-11-2014 06:44 PM

Link to the first blog in the series. This is sure to become a treasured family heirloom Sergeich. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 02-11-2014 07:11 PM

wow, that is wonderful, I’m sure it will be used for generations, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#5 posted 02-11-2014 07:24 PM

Its a little early, but Christos Voskrese!

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 07:37 PM

Excellent work, wood glue is not needed, nice design … From that tree you did …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 07:46 PM

Very interesting piece. It looks like a very complex build and carried out very well.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 02-11-2014 08:49 PM

really cool, I would like to see a blog with plans! and the cooking recipe! thanks for sharing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 08:51 PM

Nice! Very interesting use. Great idea for a box other than a mold. Enjoy!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 08:58 PM

I found this project and it’s use very interesting. I don’t know how traditional this recipe is but it’s one that I found using Google. I will have to try it out!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#11 posted 02-11-2014 09:54 PM

Brett ,, Thanks for the link to the recipe.

Sergeich, your skills are great ! I want to build one, what is the height, and what is the angle, I should be able to figure out the rest by eyeballing your photo’s. Thanks for posting.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 02-11-2014 10:54 PM

That is really cool. Thanks for letting us watch you build it.
Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 10:57 PM

Very nice. Glad to see you make it. Pass it down for future generations to learn about their Russian heritage. My father told me very little about our Slovak background.

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#14 posted 02-11-2014 11:03 PM

I am really impressed. My Ukrainian wife would love this as well.

-- jroot

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#15 posted 02-11-2014 11:39 PM

This is very cool

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills

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