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Offline jontok

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My first go at making a kuksa
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:48:02 PM »

Here's my first attempt at a wooden cup (kuksa).
Made from birch.





I think it turned out OK, except for some lopsidedness.

Here's also a couple of shots from the ER, from when the vampire Mora hookknife bit me... Seet me back about a week in the middle of carving.
Before/after stitching.



Making my second one now, and the Vampire-knife took another little bite out of my hand... I think it's out to get me!!!
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My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 01:52:33 PM »
WOW Jontok :eek: that looks fantastic 8)
Man, that really does look good. I don't think I would have the patience to do that.

And yes, I believe your right... The "vampire knife" is out to get you.
After all, it needs blood to survive :devil: :P
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 01:53:37 PM »
Thanks buddy. :)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 03:13:38 PM »
Nice work

But don't cut your hand away to fit the kuksa hole, just make it bigger :D

hope you heal quick.  I was in the stitches phase myself a few months ago.
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 03:20:55 PM »
I'm not sure which to say first...WOW that looks great, or WOW that looks like it REALLY hurt!

The kuksa looks great

and the cut looks like it really hurt!

Nice job on that one for sure!  Hope you heal up fast, best wishes man!

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 03:26:07 PM »
EGADS MAN!

Be careful!


Great job by the way!

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 04:11:39 PM »
Nice kuksa.  That is on my todo list to try.  Also nice cut.  You went to the ER?  You could have just stitched that yourself.  :) 

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My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 04:15:02 PM »
Nice kuksa! At least you have something to show for the wound. Haha.


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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2013, 05:08:07 PM »
The kuksa looks great! But holy smokes I was not prepared for the wound picture!  :shocked:


Hope it is healing up good for you.

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 06:36:11 PM »
I like it!  Looks like it'll work just fine to me, and ya even got a new beauty mark
from it too.  (I hear that women dig scars) Thank you for taking the time to post it up!

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p.s.  if your cut isn't healed up yet, put some honey on it.  I have found nothing that even
        comes close to healing as fast.

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2013, 01:55:55 AM »
Thanks for the compliments. :)

And, no the cut didn't hurt.... The anesthetic on the other hand...AAAAARGH! They stuck a THICK syringe in a couple of mm to the side of the end of the cut and then moved the darn thing along next to the cut (inside my thumb) about 3/4 along the length of the cut.
They did this 4 times (one on each "corner" of the cut). Man, did I yell then!!!
I told the doc at the ER that they could just tape it up, but they insisted on practicing their needlepoint. :(
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2013, 10:10:13 AM »
Ohh my...I'm afraid that simply isn't going to do, considering your European background I'd assume carving Kuksa's would be childs-play...please forward the excellent first attempt lopsided Kuksa to me here in the Great White North and I will insure that none of your fellow countrymen can ever see it and cause you un-nessesary ridicule and scorn... ;)

The scar on the other hand, is a thing of pure beauty...nicely done  8)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 09:52:53 AM »
Nice! that looks awesome man. success demands blood as always

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2013, 11:16:48 AM »
Brilliant job on the Kuksa!  Equally brilliant job on the hand...  OUCH!  The only knives I love are the one that bit me.  Luckily for you, you have a indelible reminder of this work of art forever on your hand which I'm sure you'll recall with fond memories...   ;)   

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2013, 12:42:49 AM »
Thanks guys.
Hand's all healed up now. :)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2013, 05:18:02 AM »
Great looking kuksa.  Well done.

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2013, 05:45:29 AM »
Very nice kuksa, I had no idea you had any talent.   :lol:
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2013, 08:36:34 AM »
I like the style of your kuksa, Jontok.   So ... how does it drink?  :) 


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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2013, 09:28:56 AM »
That's an excellent kuksa. I also have a similarly placed scar. :)

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2013, 02:10:24 PM »
Thanks guys. :)


Very nice kuksa, I had no idea you had any talent.   :lol:
Hey!.... I'm very talented at thumb-carving! ;D

I like the style of your kuksa, Jontok.   So ... how does it drink?  :) 


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It doesn't... it's an inanimate object... But it's good to drink from. Gives the water a kinda birchy taste. :)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #20 on: June 13, 2013, 06:26:14 PM »
Very nice work. I'd love to see some more if you have it.
How is the thumb healing up?
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2013, 07:39:35 PM »
Sorry Jontok,  I was tired when posting.   I'm glad you understood what I was asking.  :)

Hey.. gonna try doing some kohlrosing on it?  :)

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2013, 07:46:39 AM »
Very nice work. I'd love to see some more if you have it.
How is the thumb healing up?
Thanks.
That's my first one. Will post more when I make them. :)
Thumb's all healed up now.
Sorry Jontok,  I was tired when posting.   I'm glad you understood what I was asking.  :)

Hey.. gonna try doing some kohlrosing on it?  :)

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No problem WW. :)
I don't think I'll try any kohlrosing on this one... maybe on the next one.
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2013, 09:07:12 PM »
Kohlrosing: please explain.

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2013, 03:29:37 AM »
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2013, 11:04:36 AM »
Kohlrosing: please explain.
Here's some info on kolrosing.
http://www.pinewoodforge.com/kolrosing.html

This would be an awesome thread Jontok!   :D

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« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2013, 06:38:53 PM »
Skrimshaw on wood. Neat!
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2013, 06:52:21 PM »
Your cup turned out very cool.  To bad about the cut.  YIKES.
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2013, 04:34:19 AM »
Kohlrosing: please explain.
Here's some info on kolrosing.
http://www.pinewoodforge.com/kolrosing.html

This would be an awesome thread Jontok!   :D
That it would.... feel free to post it up. :)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2013, 10:41:46 PM »
Jon: Nice kuska.  If that is your first, I don't believe you.  ;)  It is too well done.  I am guessing that you are healed up by now.  Be careful.  :)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2013, 09:34:39 AM »
Beautiful   work  Mate as said before fine craftsman :)
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My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2013, 03:43:53 PM »
Serious talent there, and I would get a different knife, I think that one like the taste of blood too much.....

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2013, 11:01:11 AM »
Thanks guys.
Kuchiyo: You might be on to something... It bit me again yesterday (just a small bite this time) :)
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« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2013, 06:42:06 PM »
Thanks guys.
Kuchiyo: You might be on to something... It bit me again yesterday (just a small bite this time) :)

See what I'm saying....

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« Reply #34 on: July 31, 2013, 07:28:19 PM »
Real nice
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2013, 07:57:57 PM »
Very nice Jon, Is Birch the best for a drinking Kuska? I love to have some birch like my Helle handle has, beautiful.
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« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2013, 02:00:04 PM »
Thanks. :)

Yes, at least I think so... They've traditionally been made from birch-burls.
Do you have birch where you live?
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2013, 05:34:39 PM »
 :( :( :( No, to far south, Florida. I grew up in E Tennessee hills and never see them there. Lots of maple , hickory and oak.
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2015, 08:25:45 PM »
Wow?that came out great?sorry about the thumb tho?

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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #39 on: June 17, 2015, 01:44:37 PM »
Thanks. It's all healed now... So is the one I got making the next one. ;)
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Re: My first go at making a kuksa
« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2015, 12:59:26 PM »
Very nice job on the Kuksa, Jontok.  As for the cut, well, I have more than one carving with blood stains on it.  You can buy a carving glove or get those gloves made to wear when cleaning fish.  I highly recommend them.
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