WTS - 1/2 Price Carve-A-Kuksas - (Updated 6-24-19)

Discussion in 'T's Custom Outdoor Gear' started by T. Pollock, May 17, 2017.

  1. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Will do, thank you!
     
    snowmangoinmo likes this.
  2. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Would you prefer Birch or Cherry?
     
    snowmangoinmo likes this.
  3. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    933
    Oooo, choices...

    Going to say the one with the most contrasting grain, but Cherry wins a tie.

    :)
     
    snowmangoinmo and T. Pollock like this.
  4. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    I've got some spalted Birch that should fit the bill very nicely. :dblthumb:
     
    Quinlan and snowmangoinmo like this.
  5. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    933
    I like the sound of that! Sign me up! I've seen some of your other spalted examples.
     
    snowmangoinmo and T. Pollock like this.
  6. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Got ya added to the wait list bud, many thanks!!!
     
    snowmangoinmo likes this.
  7. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    933
    Spiffy, just let me know the details when ready. Happy New Year, from the East.
     
    snowmangoinmo and T. Pollock like this.
  8. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
    Pm sent!
     
    snowmangoinmo and T. Pollock like this.
  9. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
  10. wrath0r

    wrath0r Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    6,130
    Location:
    Eastern Massachusetts
  11. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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. :dblthumb: I'm doing far more to these now than when I first started offering them but the price hasn't changed.
     
  12. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    This 11oz spalted birch went out to @pellegrino today. Like a dummy I forgot to take photos of it before shipping it. :8: Here's some though before it was second turned and tung oil applied.

    IMG_7972.JPG IMG_7973.JPG IMG_7974.JPG
     
  13. pellegrino

    pellegrino Much to learn... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2013
    Messages:
    1,627
    Likes Received:
    12,471
    Location:
    AL
    I take pictures when it gets here, Mr. Pollock. Thanks a bunch!
     
  14. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Awesome, thank you brother!
     
    blind & lost and snowmangoinmo like this.
  15. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
  16. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Thank you brother!
     
    snowmangoinmo and blind & lost like this.
  17. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    933
    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?
     
  18. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.

    Tim
     
  19. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2019
    freebirdfb, Quinlan, brionic and 4 others like this.
  20. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.
     
  21. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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

    IMG_8006.JPG IMG_8007.JPG IMG_8008.JPG IMG_8009.JPG IMG_8010.JPG
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019
  22. wrath0r

    wrath0r Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    6,130
    Location:
    Eastern Massachusetts
  23. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    SOLD! :)

    Thank you brother!
    Tim
     
  24. PauliWalli

    PauliWalli Supporter Hobbyist Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 13, 2017
    Messages:
    991
    Likes Received:
    2,877
    Location:
    Omaha, NE
    Stink !!!! Missed again !!
    May I get on your list for a birch one please ?

    Mark
     
  25. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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. :dblthumb:
    And when I start taking orders again you'll be first in line... so really you're on it... just don't tell anybody. :4: I have a very hard time saying no when somebody needs something. :)

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  26. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue —- Roughian #7 -— --- Graybeard -— Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    15,413
    Likes Received:
    105,179
    Location:
    Under the Blue Nevada Sky
  27. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    This 10 oz one from cherry will be going out to @Otterstop

    IMG_8021.JPG IMG_8022.JPG IMG_8023.JPG IMG_8024.JPG IMG_8025.JPG
     
  28. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
    Oh nice!
    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?
     
  29. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.
     
  30. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.
     
  31. pellegrino

    pellegrino Much to learn... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2013
    Messages:
    1,627
    Likes Received:
    12,471
    Location:
    AL
    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.

    20190116_172702.jpg
    20190116_172734.jpg
    20190116_172801.jpg
    20190116_172835.jpg

    Awesome work, Tim. Thanks a bunch!
     
    freebirdfb, Quinlan, brionic and 5 others like this.
  32. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    You're very welcome brother! Thank you for the purchase, the cool photos and the kind words!
     
  33. snowmangoinmo

    snowmangoinmo Hunter/Tracker Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2018
    Messages:
    641
    Likes Received:
    1,734
    Location:
    Central, WA.
    That cherry kuska looks awesome!! Excellent work as always!!:dblthumb:
     
    blind & lost and T. Pollock like this.
  34. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.
     
  35. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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. :dblthumb:

    IMG_8042.JPG IMG_8043.JPG IMG_8044.JPG IMG_8046.JPG
     
  36. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
    Where's the Love button? :4::dblthumb::D
    Wow! Can't wait!
    They turned out really nice, thank you so very much and great workmanship there...
     
  37. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    You're super welcome my friend, thank you for the kind words and the purchase!
     
  38. snowmangoinmo

    snowmangoinmo Hunter/Tracker Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2018
    Messages:
    641
    Likes Received:
    1,734
    Location:
    Central, WA.
    Very nice WW!! :dblthumb:
     
    blind & lost and T. Pollock like this.
  39. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Thank you brother!
     
    snowmangoinmo and blind & lost like this.
  40. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    933
    93B9058C-E704-43C4-8C54-932C625BCD64.jpeg 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!!
     
  41. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    Thank you for the kind words and the excellent photo brother!
     
    snowmangoinmo and blind & lost like this.
  42. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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.

    100_4223.JPG 100_4224.JPG 100_4210.JPG
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
  43. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    A couple of variations on the fish tail.
    IMG_6041.JPG
    IMG_5066.JPG

    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.
    100_4803.JPG
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
  44. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
    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.
     
  45. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    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!!! :mad:
     
    snowmangoinmo and blind & lost like this.
  46. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2018
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    933
    I think we have both had something similar happen - ouch, that really sucks - more so with your handiwork!

    Thanks for the idea generators!
     
  47. wrath0r

    wrath0r Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    6,130
    Location:
    Eastern Massachusetts
    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.
     
  48. T. Pollock

    T. Pollock T's Custom Outdoor Gear Vendor Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Messages:
    13,261
    Likes Received:
    50,670
    Location:
    TN
    You're welcome bud, glad to help in any way I can.
     
    snowmangoinmo and blind & lost like this.
  49. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
    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...
    20190121_194034.jpg

    And after another coat of Tung oil...
    I'll get busy with the kuksa next...

    20190121_195741.jpg
     
  50. Silvuhboolit

    Silvuhboolit Florida Feller Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    3,542
    Location:
    On a dark desert highway, cool whip in my hair...
    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...:D:D
    That just says volumes as how tough these things are.
    20190123_095853.jpg 20190123_104228.jpg
     

Share This Page