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Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup

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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 fully immerse themselves 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. This is the key to understanding the function of tool and timber.

Required Tools

  • 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


Mon, Jun 17th, 2024  –  Wed, Jun 19th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $25.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Alex Yerks
Alex Yerks
St. Paul, MN

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Kuksa Carving: Traditional Scandinavian Drinking Cup