Walnut Kuksa

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  1. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    @Bobsdock was kind enough to send me a block for a kuksa, here is where I'll post it's process.
    Instead of my usual planning and overthinking, I'm just going to DO!

    And off we go, this is all action low verbiage.

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    At this point I have other things I have to do, so we pause for now.

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  2. carpenter

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    Just started one myself using Apple. Not sure how I want to shape the handle. Good project.
     
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    Subscribed! Looks like a good start.
     
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  4. CivilizationDropout

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    Are you going to post up at the end?
    I'd like to see what you do.

    Thank's, it's just like me to heap on another project, hopefully cutting the pondering Stage will speed this one along.
     
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    Good for you. Good old Missouri walnut. The best! Should make a fine cup.
    Watching...
     
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    Don't stop now, you're going good! :dblthumb:
     
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    Lookin' good brother... Get-R-Done. :4:
     
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    Shape it like an apple!
     
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    Very cool! Once it's done and oiled you will have a well oiled Nut Cup :4:
     
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    This addition's cutting is brought to you in part by @Red Yeti and @colter.

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    All for today.
     
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    Looking great!! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
     
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    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Looking great brother !
    That walnut is kind of hard on the hands.
    I'll be watching this tread.
     
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    Damn that a lot of hole carving with a spoon knife. Not gonna have happy hands. What grip are you using?
     
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    Nice work brother!
     
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    I think I'll use walnut oil too..

    "Make hay when the sun shines" there is a time for everything!

    More every chance I get!

    Thanks! Getting going on it!

    :eek:

    Thanks, Me too!

    Thank you!

    Boy you're telling me! I've got a ways to go!

    It will be a lot yes, but there's a stubborn satisfaction I'm looking to satiate.

    The grip is called "hamfist" or, "handle slightly too small for giant mitts"

    Thank you! That knife is holding its own EVERYWHERE lately, I need to get that sheath done!

    Thanks for looking everyone!
     
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    Looks great!
     
  18. CivilizationDropout

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    Thanks Rick!
     
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    @CivilizationDropout Get a roll of sport grip tape and increase the handle size a little, then don't choke that chicken, try a lighter grip.
     
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    Looks like a awesome start keep it up can't wait to see how it turns out.
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    Take your time. Too many projects get ruined by trying to get them done faster than your skill merits. I know, done it myself.
     
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    Yeah, in for the action. Good work man! Excited to see the process and the result!
     
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    Very nice! How deep would you say the bowl is?
     
  24. CivilizationDropout

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    This walnut is dense, I started with a looser hold, but this wood demands its flesh be worked for. I'm going to go as light as it will let me.

    Thanks!

    Steady action, a little bit each day!

    Thank you, I'm still thinking on what my finished design will be.

    Bowl is about 1 1/2" deep right now.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Great work! It's going good and I can't wait to see it finished.
     
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    I will be looking for the next installment. I always found walnut to be harder than woodpecker lips and difficult to carve.
     
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    I can't wait either.. it's tough stuff!

    I will concur with your statement! :D

    Thanks man, but that's a funny way to spell stubbornness.... ;)

    :D
     
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    Just a little so far today, while Natalie had her breakfast I did some carving on the other end of the counter.

    I have to say, a ten month old who can feed herself with making it look like a disaster area is a blessing.

    Here's progress.

    Walnut chips;
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    And the bowl the dip took them out of;
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    More later.
     
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    This is why God created band saws.
     
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    There's a prank hiding in that bag of woodchips. If I look at it just right I can see em mixed with some granola and peanuts. Bring it to work as your new woodsman trail mix. High in fiber and impishness.
     
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    Looks good brawnana! I have to get me some carving tools.. I am mildly ashamed I don't own a hook knife...
     
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    More than mildly ashamed in my case
     
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    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Anyone can use a saw, but only an artist can carve.
     
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    Great progress so far bro. Thanks for sharing, it’s motivating. I love threads like this.

    @CivilizationDropout
     
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    Looking good man. Ironically, I started on one a couple of days ago from a blank I got from @T. Pollock about 2 years ago at a meet.
     
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    Carve what requires artistry, saw what requires sweat. :rolleyes:
     
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    It's all about the enjoyment of the craft.
    If you enjoy carving and want to do one solely with hand tools, that's a wonderful & beautiful thing.
    If you don't enjoy carving but enjoy running power tools there's certainly nothing wrong with that either.

    I've seen true artists use nothing but a chainsaw. :dblthumb:
     
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    You're doing well young fellar. joe
     
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    I've always believed that a builder uses his hands, a designer uses his head, and an artist uses his hands, head, and heart! :57:
     
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    Ive been carving for 22 years. There is a place for power tools to do the “wasting” of wood that will not be part of the carving. This allows you to focus on the art of the carving. But that is a personal choice.
     
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    Taking an off day today and a fish day tomorrow, I will be back at the grind Friday.

    I need to sharpen my tools as well...
     
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    That's going to be a nice cup.
     
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    Working some time in! What looked like blisters above was callus bubbles, the hands have been idle it seems. Good news is the callus is hardened back up on both hands and good to go.

    Working in that bowl, I'm tempted to headlong it but I think going steady on it will prevent new cracks, and ones outside the work area from spreading!

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    I got the chisel out to feather some of the interior to make it easier to spoon out, but refrained from using it. For now...
     
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    Do you think there's any moisture in this thing?

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    Put some time on a few projects this morning while Natalie ate destroyed her breakfast, this is what this project got;

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    Greetings,

    Good progress so far, thank you for taking me along with you sharing it step by step.

    I can hardly wait for a spoon knife i ordered to arrive so I can start with mine now that I have seen one in action!

    Technical question. What were the dimensions of the block of walnut before you started working on it?

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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    L 7" x W4 3/4" x H3 1/2"

    It's carving like cured wood but has enough moisture to dampen the blade when pressed hard.

    I have it in a ziplock to slow the drying. There was a single crack in a corner when I received it, (I am fully confident it was USPS's high standards that caused it, as I could see what was in the box before opening it) the crack has not spread.
     
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    Just a word of caution on the spoon knife. Carving tools are often shipped poorly sharpened. The factory assumes you will want to do your own final sharpening. I found it handy to wrap and glue a strip of leather around a wood dowel, charge it with stropping compound and strop the knife frequently after you get it sharp.
     
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    I have thick leather pad I use, I don't have any compound though. The pad is mailable enough to bend over a soda bottle blank to contact the edge. I feel like I'm sharpening and maintaining more than I'm cutting.
     
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