I’ve wanted to try and make a large kasa for some time and after an area of trees had been cleared on one of our reserves I found a large bur on an Alder (Alnus glutinosa) stump, which I removed with a chainsaw.
I removed the outer bark and using my Fiskars hatchet cut cut away faults and flaws until I reached good wood. Then I marked the size and shape of the kasa I wanted to carve from the bur.
Using my gouge
I began to shape the inside of the bowl and after a couple of hours work it looked like this
and after another hour it looked like this
I continued using my hatchet to shape the underside
The patterning in the bur is beautiful
and after another couple of hours work the kasa was really starting to take shape