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Carve a Kuksa

This class runs Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, 10 am-5 pm both days.

Learn the traditional Nordic green woodworking technique of hand-carving a wooden traveling cup. These cups have a rich history and are typically made from renewable birch. They are versatile and can be used as a drinking cup, bowl, and scoop. In this two-day class, students will learn about the history and significance of kuksa, as well as design considerations, materials, and construction. On Saturday, students will choose a design and hollow out the cup on a prepared blank. On Sunday, they will continue shaping the outside of the kuksa. Finishing and decorating options will be discussed, allowing students to customize their cups after the class.

This class requires good hand strength and dexterity, and previous green woodcarving experience with an axe and knife, such as a multi-day spoon or bowl carving class. Students must bring their own tools, including a carving axe and slojd knife. Hook or hollowing knives and any other preferred tools can also be brought. A $50 materials fee is due to John Fleck in class, which covers the cost of the prepared birch blanks. The class is suitable for ages 18 and above, or for 16-17-year-olds registered alongside an accompanying adult.