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dinnertime yet?
« on: February 11, 2016, 09:14:12 PM »




cup/bowl, cup/dipper, cooking spoon, eating spoon. Maple.


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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2016, 09:59:56 PM »
Nice job on those.  You have some good skill.
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 09:20:50 AM »
Thank you very much Stan. :)

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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 12:20:37 PM »
Those look really good! I'll try my hand at a kuksa one of these days...
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2016, 12:52:06 PM »
Great job!  I would also try my hand at a kuksa if I had the right wood to start with.  Down here, the rednecks carve drinking horns out of Cypress knees.
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2016, 02:43:51 PM »
:thumbsup: Those look great! :D
I also like maples for carving....they may not be as pretty as a cherry or plum, but they have their own unique character. I've also found them to be more forgiving when seasoned than most other hardwoods.

What kind of maple, out of curiosity?
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2016, 06:56:32 PM »
Thank you all for the nice comments.

Excuses :thumbsup:

Not for NEB. Got it from a neighbor piled at the curb after an ice storm. It's a soft maple from a 5 inch dia. branch.

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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2016, 02:43:12 PM »
Oh wow those are some fine pieces, you sure have an eye for carving! :)

Out of curiosity tho, does the branch in the kuksa in the first image pose any risk for cracking?
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2016, 03:44:58 PM »
Thanks Baz.

Cracking because of concentric dot of pith? I would say yes, maybe even quite a bit of risk there. A couple of months ago I warmed some flax oil, rubbed it in and left it with a coat of oil. After letting it rest for that time I scraped the bowl smooth. Rather than shavings I got something more like an oily paste of dust, so the oil penetrated deep, maybe all the way through. when it's decided there is no more wood to remove I'll probably coat the bowl exterior with very thin shellac.

If it should start to crack and is caught soon enough, I will cut that part off.

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2016, 04:20:06 PM »
Allright! I've been craving to carve my own kuksa for a long time but havent stumbled across a suitable burl yet, so was thinking if I carved it out of soft wood how it would behave when exposed to hot liquids if theres a significant difference in hardness at some points. :)
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2016, 06:11:36 PM »
I'm sure there are reasons why burls were chosen traditionally beyond looking nice. I have not made any vessels from burls. The only ones I can find are dry and pricey. we just dont have the right trees around here.

What do you mean by softwood, Baz? Non-deciduous, or just not too hard? I think any of the denser, diffuse porous hardwoods should work fine, and make a better trainer before starting first with a difficult to carve burl. The diffuse porous hard woods are usually consistent in hardness, more or less, so there is not hard and soft layers like pine. 

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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2016, 04:38:40 AM »
What do you mean by softwood, Baz? Non-deciduous, or just not too hard?

Generally just not too hard, normal trunk wood. If I can't get my hands on a suitable piece of silver birch (which actually is hard, the entire tree is a mild burl) or oak, I might just use plain birch but i'm not sure if it can handle boiling water without cracking... altho there are other factors besides the type of wood in play but I'd rather have a suitable piece to start with. :)
EDIT: See the most common trees where I live in southern Finland are birches and pinetrees, with spots of alder, aspen and some maple.
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2016, 09:13:55 AM »
Baz, I've had a few cups of coffee from a smaller one I've made with no problems. That's no long term durability test, so maybe a cooking spoon is a better example.  I'll do some boiling water test and see what happens.

It seems to me all the garbled grain of a burl would be more troublesome even though I have not used burl for anything; it's just a feeling.

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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2016, 12:39:50 PM »
Nice, you\re a hungry man :-)
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Re: dinnertime yet?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2016, 12:41:13 PM »
Nice job on the utensils, the look beautiful.  I tried carving a few utensils out of Maple in the past it is a HARD wood to work with even when it is green.