Sumac Kuksa's - Traditionally carved wooden cups

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Project by Ballantyne posted 08-20-2014 02:03 AM 4258 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Heres some cool projects this week.

I was fortunate enough to get ahold of some large Sumac, almost 8” in diameter.

Ive been freshening up on my Kuksa carving and have been able to carve one of them in about 2-3 hours.
It definitely depends on how tough the wood is that I’m working with.

The bowls are carved bark side down, which gives the cool rings inside the bowl.

I used a 2” gouge to carve out the bowl, and I have this elbow adze iron.. its hard to explain this one because it was custom made, but its almost like a swan gouge type thing to get the bottom of the bowl. I used a 2” carving knife and axe to finish the outsides.. and thats about it :)
Looks cool though eh? Sumac is awesome!

If you want to see some other unique stuff feel free to check out my shop!
Check it out here!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Feel free to ask any questions and Ill answer as soon as possible!

-- Jeff, Bobcaygeon, Wilderness Explorer

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 12:32 PM

They are all very cool. What finish do you use.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 12:51 PM

Like the work and great looking store too!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 08:46 PM

The finish I use is a homemade bees wax and mineral oil! Works great. Ill microwave the cup for about 15 seconds to heat up the bees wax to get it in the grain more. Works awesome

-- Jeff, Bobcaygeon, Wilderness Explorer

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#4 posted 08-21-2014 02:11 AM

Wow, I love the green-rimmed cup you got there! Sumac, huh? I first thought it was teak.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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