I have just finished making a couple more kuksa’s and thought I would show how I made them.
Firstly I split a log in half and check that there are no knots or faults in the wood. Then I mark out the shape and use may axe and folding saw to remove excess wood.
Now I use my knife and a gouge chisel to do a rough shape and hollow out the cup.
Once I have a shape that I am happy with, I shape the handle and either use my knife or a drill (if available) to make the two finger holes.
When I am happy with the shape and thickness of the cup, I then start to sand it, starting with a very course paper and progressing to a very fine wet and dry paper.
I then apply several coats of oil until the oil stops soaking into the wood.