About the Course
A Kuksa is a traditionally hand carved Scandinavian wooden mug or bowl, used for eating and drinking. These two-day courses will cover all the rudiments of carving by hand and tool selection to create your very own beautiful and unique vessel, using traditional techniques and starting with a freshly-cut greenwood log. The principles and practicalities of tool sharpening will also be covered during this course. The course is run over two days to cater for individual designs and allow all abilities of student to achieve a great finish to their work and may also offer time for other carving projects. The skills learned will be applicable to other carving projects that you might embark on in the future, such as spoon carving.
The course tutor is Andy Morton, an experienced worker in green wood and in timber-framing. There is a limit of 6 students per course to allow for good personal tuition throughout the course.
Each participant will be allocated their own set of tools at the beginning of the course to use for the duration. Sallerton wood is extremely well stocked with straight grown Ash and Alder, perfect for green woodwork projects.
Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland with a stream running through it. It is situated south-east of Launceston, close to the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. All courses take place within the heart of the woodland itself. There is a large well-equipped workshop shelter, and a timber-framed utility shelter for cooking and tea-making. The utility shelter is equipped with a large dining table, pans, utensils, and a wood-fired clay oven and rocket stoves for use during courses.
Wild camping is offered within Sallerton Wood. Facilities provided are a site within the woodland to pitch a small tent, a compost toilet, piped spring water for washing and cooking, and drinking water supplied separately. There is a small washroom containing a wash basin and shower, both with hot and cold water. For those who do not wish to camp, or require more than the wild camping facilities offered, there are many local accommodation options, and some suggestions are available on request or via our website.
Other courses available at Sallerton Wood include 1-day Introduction to Green Woodwork Courses, 2-day Make a Save Horse Courses, 3-day Courses in Stool Making, and 6-day Courses in Chair Making. Please ask for details, or visit our website, if you are interested in those.
For enquiries or bookings on any of our courses please contact us via the information at the top of this listing, including the website link button. Our website has more information about Sallerton Wood and all of our courses, plus a facility for booking online.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tools and materials required for your course are provided. Hot drinks and biscuits and/or cake are provided, as are ingredients for sandwiches for making your lunch, and fresh fruit. There is an additional charge of £10 per person per night payable at the end of the course, for those who wish to camp on site.
I have only done one review of a course run by Andy Morton, a Chair making course, I have actually done five courses. 1st stool making, 2nd Chair making, 3rd Shaving horse making, 4th another Chair making and most recently a Kuksa making course. The course its self was run over two days which turned out to be just the right amount of time to complete it.
This is a bit different than the normal chair and stool making courses, there is allot of hand carving which I had never done and I wasn't sure I would be up to the task. I needn't have worried as Andy in his usual calm and easy way of explaining how to get from log to Kuksa made it a really enjoyable two days. The only thing I would advise is you take a good pair of gloves as most of the carving is done by hand with allot of pressure on the palm of you hand. A really great two days in fantastic surroundings in the heart of the Devon countryside and I now have my very own hand made Kuksa made by me.
I'm sorry Andy I haven't reviewed all the courses I've done but they are all absolutely brilliant and I shall be back later next year for another chair making course, I'm hoping to get a dining set!
John Rogers - - #18632
Although I've completed quite a number of greenwood projects in the past, I've done very little carving and was a little unsure how I'd get on. It proved to be the perfect way to learn the techniques of carving and how to make use of the different gouges and come away with something useful and to be proud of at the end of the two days. Most of all I enjoyed creating my Kuksa right from square one; from log form and using super-sharp hand tools in the peaceful woodland surroundings that Sallerton Wood offers, which made carving far easier and more enjoyable than I imagined!
Jane - - #18549
Response from Sallerton Wood:Thank you, Jane, for posting that review, and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Kuksa carving. We look forward to seeing you again at Sallerton Wood in the future.
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