A Kuksa – or Guksi in Finnish, kåsa in Swedish – is a traditional wooden drinking cup. It is usually made out of birch, usually its burl (a bulbous random growth on the tree). They are quite large, and burl is quite difficult to come by and to carve. I recently got a nice burl to carve a kuksa from. But I really didn’t want to ruin it because of my lack of experience in carving these things, so I put it in the freezer for now. Instead, I took a piece of normal birch to practice on and carved these two smaller, tea kuksa’s. One is sanded and the other one is knife finished. both hold about 130ml, just under the average volume of a cup of tea.