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A neighbor was having a birch tree cut down and chipped, I was lucky enough to be able to get a section of the trunk

Split out a log with an axe; then clean up the surfaces with a carving axe and draw on the outline of what I want:
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I started by gouging the bowl, which went quite quickly:
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Once I had the basic bowl cut, I used a saw to remove excess wood, then cleaned up the shape with a carving axe:
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Then lots of carving and tidying up with a knife:
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All this took about a day of effort spread over a couple of sessions. The wood was still green and carved easily ... really nice to work with

.... then it got put on hold for quite some time .... almost a year ...

Finally I spent a day sanding and cleaning it up. Then oiling it:
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Ready for the first coffee:
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A neighbor was having a birch tree cut down and chipped, I was lucky enough to be able to get a section of the trunk

Split out a log with an axe; then clean up the surfaces with a carving axe and draw on the outline of what I want:
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I started by gouging the bowl, which went quite quickly:
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Once I had the basic bowl cut, I used a saw to remove excess wood, then cleaned up the shape with a carving axe:
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Then lots of carving and tidying up with a knife:
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All this took about a day of effort spread over a couple of sessions. The wood was still green and carved easily ... really nice to work with

.... then it got put on hold for quite some time .... almost a year ...

Finally I spent a day sanding and cleaning it up. Then oiling it:
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Ready for the first coffee:
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Great job Aussie !
 

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Proper job!
If I could make something like that I'd christen it with champagne...
 

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Neat..
So is the triangle beak to enable controlled pouring?
Considering it is a cup for hot fluids, what oil did you treat it with?
 

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Neat..
So is the triangle beak to enable controlled pouring?
Considering it is a cup for hot fluids, what oil did you treat it with?
The beak is purely aesthetic, it is nice to wrap your hand around if you use a two handed grip, and my kuksa is all about the tactile feel.

I treated it with coconut oil.

After the first use, the grain raised a little, so I gave it a light sand and re-applied oil. I could/should probably burnish it ... but I haven't as yet
 
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