Do you normally carry a Kuksa?

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  1. NM_Coyote

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    I know many here carve Kuksa. (I'm working on my first.) But do you carry a Kuksa as part of your normal kit? For day hiking or just camping? If so how do you integrate into your bushcrafting style/activities?

    I am having fun carving but trying to decide if this has a place in my normal kit.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    I will as soon as I source some wood and carve myself one.
     
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    Sure do. Up there with my favorite things. I use one pretty much every day be it for coffee, tea or rye.
     
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    I'll bring it along if I'll be enjoying any hot beverages. If i'll only be having water, then the kuksa stays home.
     
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    Kinda what I had in mind too. If I am out for a full day hike or an overnight I like to make coffee in a SS canteen mug as a trailbreak. But I don't like burning my lips on the mug. So a Kuksa seems like a possible solution. Just wondering if there are other uses I hadn't thought of.

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    I think they're cool to have. However it's a functionally-limited item; therefore it's not part of my kit. Doc.
     
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    I always carry at least one for my coffee.
     
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    there are few Normal kits left out there and fewer "normal" outdoorsy peoples bush-Camping ... as i look at it...if Ya don't have a :44:kuksa dangler on your belt or backpack and you are out and about to Bushcraft-camp...then something's wrong with ya !! ;)
     
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    ...I'm working on it...I'm working on it! Sheeeesh, I wouldn't anyone to know...er, I mean think I'm not normal! :eek:
     
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    Saw a backppacking buddy of mine whos very UL was using a long carved wood spoon to eat one morning on the trail. I tell him Im surprised he didnt have the standard sea2summit or snowpeaks and he said hed had it for years and that you always need at least one sentimental piece of kit.

    That got me taking my kuksa out my past few times and I LOVE it. If In doing hard miles then prob not, but an average night or two and it goes. Makes my morning much more soothing and relaxing. Thats the whole point of getting outside.

    Alao another reason to go as light as you can whers you can and luxuries like this dont really impact the feel of your carry weight, fft
     
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    Yup . Like a secret hand shake! A nod to the craft! Also a great conversation starter to those not in the club yet!
    Kevin
     
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    If I am doing a targeted short outing I leave mine behind and just use my HC canteen cup. But if I plan on having any amount of time in camp I usually bring it. It definitely is a calming and enjoyable item to sip out of.
     
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    I think some guys have a misconception that sweet hand carved items are heavy. The fact is that once greenwood pieces dry they are very light
     
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    I need to hollow mine out more to hold more liquid. I'd be curious to see how it weighs out against other gear. I'd guess it's about equal to a SS canteen cup.
     
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    Mine feels abkut 8oz if I had to guess. Bjt the thixkness is perfect to put hot coffee in and its ready to drink in about a minute
     
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    I put one in each pack so have one for my coffee any time I am camping.
     
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    I carry a kuksa almost every time I`m out.
    My reasons for it is mostly tradition.
    I`ve had the same kuksa since 1997, and it is still going strong.
    It is heavier than my folding cup, but lighter than my metal cups.

    Not very difficult to integrate into "bushcrafting" style.
    I don`t carry (mostly) a water bottle.
    The kuksa is tucked under my belt, and used to rehydrate whenever needed (passing a Creek).
     
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    I live in a desert area so the nearest open water source is about a 3 hour walk from here. And that requires heavy purification. (Last time I found a dead coyote in it.) Needless to say the heaviest thing I carry is water.

    When I sit down to contemplate in a shady place, assuming I am carrying a cup, I like to pour some water and sip while I sit. When water is the most precious/vulnerable resource you tend to protect it. So resealing and stowing the bottle or canteen always seems the thing to do. Anyway, I could see the kuksa filling that role.

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    Would carry one if I had one. Wish I did...someday.
     
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    before i can drink my morning joe in mine i first have to use it and my flashlight as mortar & pestle to crush my fresh coffee beans.
    i bet i crushed 5lbs in mine just at winfield music fest(the lake) last year. :11:
     
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    I would carry one if I had one. I do carry a bamboo spoon and chopsticks. I may order one of those partially carved kuksas so I can semi create my own. I've wanted one since the first time I saw one being used on YouTube.
     
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    Yep mine hangs from my belt from a deer skull cap disk shaped toggle and braided sinew thong. Mine is made of Northern Birch Burl by Mauri Pöyliö for me and will hold a full 12oz can of soda.
    Mauri Pöyliö is a craftsman living in Finnish Lapland, over 100 miles north from the Arctic Circle.

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    @T. Pollock had some nice half finished ones up for grabs a few weeks ago for a great price.
     
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    Thank you brother! I hope to have some more done soon.
     
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    I have a couple pseudo kuksas that I carry. I like them because they are lightweight and hold heat pretty well when I drink my tea. I am carving one now out of birch that is slowly getting better. This has been a few months of me carving, smoking a pipe and drinking a few minutes at a time every few days.....

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    Not as hard to do as I thought it would be... Although I am far from done and I accept the fact that it will end up looking like it was done with a dull tomahawk......
     
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    Yup. Smoking the pipe and carving seem to just go together. Probably the reason I am enjoying carving the Kuksa so much. :)
     
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    Carving pipes while smoking a pipe also happens a lot.... Now have 14 that I rotate through.
     
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    When I get round to making one I will carry it but for the time being my Kupilka on a dangler has to suffice.

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    I always find room for a kuksa! It's a favorite piece of kit and ties past trips to the current one.

    If weight is an issue, I do prefer the one I made out of poplar over the one I carved from dogwood.

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    Been carrying a kupilka out & about for the last 4 years. Maintenance free is what i like about it but only use it for the likes of Baileys, or as a 2nd cup as too small for the coffee needs. Maybe this year i'll get round to sourcing something suitable for a carved kuksa.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the ideas.

    I finished carving my first Kuksa. Unfortunately, when I put water in it the first time it split in 3 places. :11: I will try making another at some time in the future, this time using burl wood if I can find. In the meantime I purchased and am carrying a Kupilka.

    After carrying on a few hikes I now have my answer to the question that inspired my starting this thread, "Why should I be carrying a cup on my belt when I go out on the trail?" I liked the idea but was discouraged by the obvious answer: "So I can dip water from every stream I pass." I live in the desert so that ain't happenen. :2:

    In fact I can now say I consider a cup to be an important piece of hiking gear.:45:
    I carry a lot of water since I can't resupply. Standard (opaque) canteens and hydration packs have a major drawback in that you cannot easily tell how much water you are actually consuming. But my Kupilka holds about 8 oz so if I keep track of these I know how much water I am consuming per hour as well as how much is still in my pack.

    To this end I have now also found a new use for ranger beads as well. I plan on making a set that is structured around base 4. ie - 4 beads = 1 quart.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    My Kuksa was carved by "Mauri Pöyliö" from Finland is is out of Artic birch and will hold 12 oz when filled to the rim.
     
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    Never used it, but I’ve got one. A gift from one of the Granddarlings...

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    No, I don't...function over form and weight limit for me. I carry a titanium cup.
    Wouldn't mind having one at home,though.

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    I do when I take my pack but not if I take my haversack. I'm kinda weird like that... oh heck, I'm just generally weird! :rolleyes:
     
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    I carry some sort of cup, most of the time one I can boil in. The kåsa has long traditions here however and for more fancy trips, yes, a handmade kåsa is a staple.
    Nowadays it feels more like a hipster accessory, you know, to match the oillamp, the Gränsfors bruks axe stuck in a stump and the oiled beard and all the old-look-filters on the Instagram posts :D
     
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    I’ll carry one when I can find a real birch kuksa that I can afford. Not even sure where to find one to be honest. Any ideas?
     
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    I keep mine in the camper. It seems to hold special value on outdoor trips.

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    I just use my stainless steel cup and burn my lip when I drink coffee or tea.
    Actually, I sometimes allow my hot drinks to cool so that I don't burn my lip.
     
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    Nope. I've carved a couple of them but never really used them for anything other than decoration. Personally, I prefer a dog food bowl. Then again, i'm not right in the head so. There's that.
     
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    I'm afraid to confess I do not have a hand carved version . But I do carry the Swedish military styled plastic offering made by Wildo . Great cup by the way .
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    Borrowed picture from the web .
     
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    I have one that I won in a gaw by our very own @T. Pollock. I also own a Kupilka. But, I've never used one in the scrub......one of these days;):dblthumb:
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    Is a Kuska only a Kuska if it is hand carved? It would be fairly easy to make them in the shop with power tools.
    I don't like coffee or hot tea so I don't need a Kuska. I live with a 100 oz. Whirley insulated mug of iced tea. About the only time I am not carrying it is if I am hiking.

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    Never seem to find the time to make one. Maybe a future winter project. I'm not a very good carver, it may end up being a noodle strainer.
     
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    Me too! Awesome piece of kit!
     
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    I love my kuksa. And my HC Ti canteen and cup. And you know what? I really like those dark green cups that come in a Stanley pot.

    Guess I got me a first-world problem on my hands.
     
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    It's a great shape for warming hands while filled with something hot to drink .
     
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    No, but i would at a base camp use one, like camping with a chuck box.
     
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