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Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

Course Overview

The kuksa is an old-style wooden cup made to travel far and wide and be at the ready, whether the beverage of choice is water from a Boundary Waters lake, coffee of any quality, or even a splash of something stronger (so we’ve been told). Over three days, students will immerse fully in the world of green woodworking, using common tools like axes, adzes, gouges, hook tools and of course, the versatile slöjd knife, to shape freshly harvested birch into a one-of-a-kind vessel. By crafting a kuksa, which is more than a spoon but less than a bowl, students engage in a wide array of techniques and tool usage that bridges the gap between spoon carving and bowl carving. This course will cover sourcing wood, carving, tool technique, safety, and tool maintenance. While students with minimal skills are welcome, some experience using a knife, axe, and sharpening tools will be very helpful. Specialty tools will be available to borrow; students should plan to bring a carving axe, hook tool and slöjd knife.

The goal of this workshop is to gain confidence in yourself and the tools being used.  Spend three days building a relationship with each specific tool—the axe, adze, gouge, froe, straight and hooked knives. This is the key to understanding the function of tool and timber.

Registration in the March 2019 session of this class includes participation in the Carvers Conference day on Friday as part of Wood Week, which features demonstrations, skill shares and open shop. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!

This course is part of Wood Week! Plan to attend the Carvers Conference on March 6, a day of speakers, demonstrations, skill shares and community gatherings free for all enrolled students, including the rare mid-winter pizza bake. Come early or stay late! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Sat, Mar 7th, 2020  –  Mon, Mar 9th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Intermediate to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $280.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Jan 25th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $25.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Axe*
  • straight sloyd knife*
  • hook tool
  • ruler
  • compass
  • pencil
  • strop

*available for purchase in the NH School Store, a limited number are available to borrow as well. Please indicate your needs at the time of registration.

Optional Tools

  • gouges
  • adzes
  • carving or leather gloves

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Jan 25th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.