Tea kuksa’s

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.

Tea kuksa's

The sanded kuksa

The sanded kuksa

Knife finished kuksa

the knife finished kuksa


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2 replies on “Tea kuksa’s

  • angus

    Leiuwe, lovely work and a passion shared by those of us lucky enough to have discovered the wonderfully soothing and uplifting joy of hand working with wood and other materials……… The Kuskas are amazing, I much prefer to finish with the knife but can never manage such a clean finish as you have in your cups……

    I look forward to seeing more of your work as you post.

    All warmest wishes


    • Lieuwe

      Hey Angus,

      Thanks you for your kind comment. These kuksa’s are actually a year and a half old already. Nowadays I post most of my work on Instagram, so if you’re interested in seeing some of my recent stuff you could look there. You can also see my Instagram feed via this link.



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