Kuksa Size/Capacity Reference

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  1. T. Pollock

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    I've sold and gifted many kuksas over my last 3 yrs here and a time or two the person that received it was surprised by the size. I understand completely though as it's very difficult sometimes to estimate how big or small something is simply by looking at a photo especially if there is nothing in the photo to get a size reference from. Also I think some folks don't consider the approx. 1/4" wall thickness that's necessary for a kuksa so that the walls of it aren't easy to crack and don't leak.

    I remember one person that wanted one made to hold 16oz. I tried to tell him it would be huge but he insisted he wanted 16oz. Then when he received it he was shocked at how big it was. :dblthumb:

    My goal is always 100% satisfaction so in an effort to avoid any one being surprised I thought I'd share some size/capacity reference photos here. The photos will have something common in them (like the bic lighter or farmer) to help with size reference. I also plan to start including the diameter of my kuksas in the sales description.

    I hope this reference will be of help to folks whether they're thinking of getting one from me, buying one from someone else or even carving their own.

    From research I've done best I can tell a "traditional" kuksa averaged around 6 oz. I personally prefer a larger one... "but" I use mine at home 99% of the time so for me pack size isn't a concern. If you plan to hike much at all with one you'd probably want a smaller more traditional size.

    This thread though will give me a place to refer folks to that are interested in one but may have questions about sizing.

    For the height of the kuksa you can generally figure half the diameter + 1/2" to 3/4".

    I'll be adding more photos and text.

    These first 3 photos are of a 6oz kuksa and it's outside diameter is 3-1/2".
    6 oz 3.5 inch OD.JPG 6 oz with bic 3 .5 inch OD.JPG 6 oz with farmer.JPG

    This one is a 12oz. kuksa and it's outside diameter is 4-1/4"
    12 oz with farmer.JPG 12oz with bic 4.25 inch OD.JPG

    ETA: 1/11/19
    Kuksa - Size/Capacity - Estimation Chart:

    ..6oz = 3-1/2" OD
    ..8oz = 3-3/4" OD
    10oz = 4"........OD
    12oz = 4-1/4" OD
    14oz = 4-1/2" OD
    16oz = 4-3/4" OD

     
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  2. T. Pollock

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    Here's a good size comparison of three kuksas guys.

    Left to right: 12oz, 6oz, 4oz.

    12oz. is 4-3/8" OD.
    6oz is 3-1/2" OD.
    4oz. is 3" OD.

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    Big Boy Carve-A-Kuksa. This one is MAN size. :)

    At 4-3/8" outside dia. x 3" height this one holds a whopping 16oz!
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    Good educational post.
     
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    How much do you charge for one
     
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    Thanks brother. I've got three more in the works that I'm going to take group comparison photos of, one's 4oz another is 6oz and the biggest is 12oz. I hope this reference will be of help to folks whether they're thinking of getting one from me, buying one from someone else or even carving their own.
     
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    Added a good comparison set of photos to post #2 guys.

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    I've been having trouble uploading photos here lately and for some reason I couldn't edit the saved post above to add these capacity/size reference photos so I'll just put them here for now.

    The capacity on this one is 11oz. It is 4-1/4" OD x 2-1/2" H
    The Bic lighter (full size) in the photos is to help reference the size.

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    :54: man those are so beautiful nice work keep it up. Prov 27:17
     
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    Thank you brother! Actually only the one in the first set of photos is a finished kuksa, all the others are the Carve-A-Kuksas I offer that are mostly finished but the buyer can do a little finish carving on them to make them more personal than buying one that is completed. It also saves them about 50% in cost.
     
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    All my kuksas are handmade so it's difficult to hit an exact predetermined/requested capacity when making one. I have continued to try to keep track of the capacity/size relation of the ones I've made though so that I can estimate more accurately. As mentioned above hopefully this information is helpful to others as well if they want to make one for themselves.

    This is a little chart I made for myself and I thought I'd share it here. I also added it to the OP.

    Kuksa - Size/Capacity - Estimation Chart:

    ..6oz = 3-1/2" OD
    ..8oz = 3-3/4" OD
    10oz = 4"........OD
    12oz = 4-1/4" OD
    14oz = 4-1/2" OD
    16oz = 4-3/4" OD
    30oz = 6"........OD
     
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    This is the only one I've made this large and it was by custom order for a member here. I'll include it though for size reference and I'll add it to the above list. It was made to be used as a combo kuksa/bowl.

    This one was 6" OD and held 30 oz. Full size Bic for size reference.
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    And the finished kuksa
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    Customer photo courtesy of @Angelgutter
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