Saturday, 6 August 2011

Ash Kuksa

Made this Kuksa today from a piece of well seasoned Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), anyone who has carved seasoned Ash will realise how tough this stuff is, but, despite it's toughness, i like it for all manner of carved items, from spoons and bowls to netting needles and well, basically anything else you can think of, as the grain patterns are absolutely amazing.

You just have to be aware and aufait with the materials you are using and listen to what the wood wants to do, because unlike woods such as Birch & Sycamore, Ash will split and run if you try to force it to go where it doesn't want to go. I still have a bit of work to do on this Kuksa as I'm not particularly happy with the handle shape at  the moment, needs a little bit of work doing on the neck area to make it a little more refined.


  1. So far, so good! You're right; the grain is nice.

  2. A bit out of the neck each side and you've got another beauty! Post an updated picture once you're done, please Mark.