Discussion in 'T's Custom Outdoor Gear' started by T. Pollock, May 17, 2017.
Will do, thank you!
Would you prefer Birch or Cherry?
Going to say the one with the most contrasting grain, but Cherry wins a tie.
I've got some spalted Birch that should fit the bill very nicely.
I like the sound of that! Sign me up! I've seen some of your other spalted examples.
Got ya added to the wait list bud, many thanks!!!
Spiffy, just let me know the details when ready. Happy New Year, from the East.
This one from spalted birch is going out to @45Smashemflat
What's even left to do on that thing?
The tooled finish carving on the outside (if a person chooses to go tooled rather than smooth) sanding the outside if going smooth. Carving the handle down to shape to suit the persons own taste (if they don't care for the squarish style handle) and more coats of Tung Oil. They're probably 99% complete and half the price of a finished one. I'm doing far more to these now than when I first started offering them but the price hasn't changed.
This 11oz spalted birch went out to @pellegrino today. Like a dummy I forgot to take photos of it before shipping it. Here's some though before it was second turned and tung oil applied.
I take pictures when it gets here, Mr. Pollock. Thanks a bunch!
Awesome, thank you brother!
Yep, should have put my name on that one! Very nice piece indeed....
Thank you brother!
Very cool - anxiously awaiting!!!
I will ping you for some tung oil tips. I figure to carve the handle and add a hole to attaching to pack. Do I need to oil it on some regularity?
Thank you brother!
Not really, once a piece has soaked up all the tung oil it's thirsty for it is pretty well set for life. I won't hurt anything if every once in a blue moon you'd like to freshen it up with a coat of tung oil but it's not really needed. Of course people handle their gear differently and if it was to get really scuffed up somehow it wouldn't hurt to give it a fresh coat. The end grain (front & back) will be completely saturated and won't take anymore. The side grain doesn't absorb it nearly as deeply but as mentioned it would only really need it if it got really scuffed up.
Hope that helps but if I can answer any more questions or be of more help in anyway just let me know.
Please keep in mind guys that 100% pure Tung Oil is very slow to cure. It will film over on the outside (will look like a film of wax if you didn't wipe it off thoroughly) but for it to completely cure through and through takes lots of time. Once it's cured on the outside it doesn't hurt a thing to go ahead and begin using it. Sometimes if it's set out in the sun or left in a hot vehicle it can weep some of the oil from the pores of the wood until it's fully cured. If you experience this just be sure to wipe it down real good with a soft cloth or paper towel before that oil dries on the outside of the wood or it will look splotchy.
ETA: I've been doing woodwork and applying wood finishes for over 40 years. Owned/operated an antique furniture refinishing business for 5 of those years. I've used lots and lots of different kinds of finishes but I'm convinced that for outdoor use on things like a kuksa, woods bowl or spoon etc. 100% pure Tung Oil is the absolute best finish a person can use.
I've mentioned this before in the thread but just a reminder guys. The Carve-A-kuksas have a light coat of tung oil applied to keep them from losing moisture until the buyer finishes carving them but you do need to apply additional coats of 100% pure Tung Oil for them to be fully protected.
I have this 10oz one from spalted birch available guys. I forgot the customer had changed his order from birch to cherry so this one is up for grabs.
$55 - Free shipping in the states - PayPal Only please. - SOLD
Mine! I'll PM you for the paypal address.
Thank you brother!
Stink !!!! Missed again !!
May I get on your list for a birch one please ?
I'm sorry brother but I just closed my wait/order list a couple of days ago. I'll keep you in mind though if I screw up again.
And when I start taking orders again you'll be first in line... so really you're on it... just don't tell anybody. I have a very hard time saying no when somebody needs something.
This 10 oz one from cherry will be going out to @Otterstop
That has a very nice color and an even grain. Get that handle carved and the outside carved, then put a nice coat of wax on the outside that thing is going to be beautiful!
Not to mention ready for the woods ...
What grit do you finish up with on the inside?
Thank you brother! I dry sand to remove any tool marks left behind with 180 and then wet sand after the tung oil soak with 220. Folks finishing these would need to start the finish sanding of the inside with 320 grit for best results and work their way up to however fine a grit they'd like. On my finished kuksas I normally go to 600 grit.
What looks like a stripe on the front of it is where a small twig/branch had grown from the tree and must have died by the coloring. It added some nice character to the piece.
Here's the 11oz spalted birch that came in the mail today. The pictures don't quite do it justice; it looks even better in person.
Awesome work, Tim. Thanks a bunch!
You're very welcome brother! Thank you for the purchase, the cool photos and the kind words!
That cherry kuska looks awesome!! Excellent work as always!!
Thank you brother! It's a very pretty wood and makes an excellent kuksa. My second species choice for a kuksa, second only to birch. Birch is a bit softer and easier to work with.
This matching & nesting kuksa/bowl set from cherry is going out to @Silvuhboolit
The one in the back is the one I messed up on but he's going to see what he can do with it anyway. I had another member that wanted to buy it but it's going with the set.
Where's the Love button?
Wow! Can't wait!
They turned out really nice, thank you so very much and great workmanship there...
You're super welcome my friend, thank you for the kind words and the purchase!
Very nice WW!!
My project arrived over the weekend!! Now it’s time to start the finish work.
Would love to see some sample handles to gather some ideas and suggestions.
Mr. P, fine job!!
Thank you for the kind words and the excellent photo brother!
The fish tail (I believe it's called) design is my personal favorite and probably the most common. Likely because it's very comfortable to hold in various positions with this style handle.
A couple of variations on the fish tail.
and a couple that are pretty much just squared off with lanyard holes. These two were stolen by a low life and one of the reasons I no longer ship anything until funds are received.
Ohhh.... what a low life. Grrrr...!
Truly there is nothing I despise more than a thief. I do hope you let others know on the bad trades thread.
Oh I absolutely did! You and I both, since this is a family friendly forum I won't say what I would do if I could get my hands on him or any other thief I caught stealing from me!!! Those that know me know that if you need something and I have it I'll gladly give it to you simply for the asking... steal from me and you better hope I don't catch you. Makes me furious to even think about it!!!
I think we have both had something similar happen - ouch, that really sucks - more so with your handiwork!
Thanks for the idea generators!
I put a very slender whale tail on mine as I have large hands. This lets it really lock into that sweet spot between my thumb and forefinger.
You're welcome bud, glad to help in any way I can.
Here is a sneak peek of the bowl I just got, I couldn't wait and took a little bit of time to carve the outside, then I got busy sanding the inside. Went all the way up to 1000 grit. Here it is before I even put a coat of tung oil on it...
And after another coat of Tung oil...
I'll get busy with the kuksa next...
Here's mine! From the humble beginnings above, to the finish product that is sitting outside waiting for the cure...
These are everything that Tim's talked about and more. All of the hard work is done, all I needed to do was finish sanding the inside and then carved the outside and the handle. Added a couple more Coats of Tung oil and we're good...
Love the look of a nice piece of cherry...!
I ordered me a new gouge in a # 7 sweep so I can repair the inside of the one that bounced off of his head...
That just says volumes as how tough these things are.