woodcarving course shrink pots and kuksa

This is Yvonne with a cherry kuksa she carved on my “fun carving course” last week.

Close up of the kuksa, these are based on traditional Sami drinking cups. Yvonne is a beekeeper who’s business is selling the alternative products of the hive. I am a fan of a drop of propolis (bee glue) on a cut to speed healing, it is remarkable stuff.

The idea of the course was for people who were already experienced carvers or had been on previous courses could come back and enjoy carving in good company, try out some new tools or materials and work on individual projects with me there to give advice or help when needed. Actually everyone wanted to try out shrink pot making so we all started on that. They are a lovely simple project. This photo shows the work of just 4 folk over the three day course.

I do feel really privileged to be able to make a living whilst sharing such special times with wonderful people.

2 Responses to woodcarving course shrink pots and kuksa

  1. Rowan June 23, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Hi Robin,

    I am going to have to admit that you are likely to receive a good few comments from me over the next few days. I have just discovered your blog and due to working on a boat in the northsea at the moment I have quite a bit of time to get through all your archives!
    Firstly your blog is great, some really good posts in here! And secondly I have a question about your shrink pots, what sort of tool do you use to tunnel straight down like that? Is it just a small hook knife?

    Cheers and keep the awesome work!

    • Robin Wood September 4, 2016 at 10:52 am #

      sorry only just discovered these comments. I start with a drill maybe 3/4″ or so right through. Then I put in a long tin knife and twist, the wood comes off the inside like unrolling a loo roll.