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From Log to Cup: Carve a Kuksa

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This class runs Fri, January 5, 6–9 pm, and Sat, January 6–Sun, January 7, 10 am–5 pm both days.

Carve your own wooden traveling cup in the traditional Nordic green wood working tradition. These durable and hand carved vessels, typically worked in renewable birch, have a long and rich history. Whether simple in design or beautifully decorated, they are versatile enough to serve a drinking cup, bowl and scoop. In this two-day class students will dive into the history and significance of kuksa as well as design considerations, materials, and construction. The class starts on Friday evening for orientation and preparing a carving billet from a fresh log. On Saturday, students will choose a design and complete the hollowing process. On Sunday, the class will continue with shaping the outside of the kuksa. Finishing and decorating options will be discussed for students to tackle according to their own desire and make their cups their own after class.

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 is required. Students also provide their own tools, including a carving axe and slojd knife. Optionally, bring a hook or hollowing knife and any other favorite tools if you have them. A $50 materials fee covers the cost of the prepared birch blanks. Suitable for ages 18+ or 16+ accompanied by a registered adult.