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Kuksa carving questions

I became interested in carving a Kuksa about a year ago, I've found a nice piece of fresh cherry to carve it out of, I'm wondering what I can do to make it so the wood doesn't split? And the wood was cut down early this year, how long should I let it dry before attempting to carve it into a Kuksa and maybe a few spoons? And then my last question, Assuming I can finish carving a kuska, what should I do to "season"' it, to make it ready for being full of hot beverage? The wood is still in log form, It has not been cut up yet.
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Conner - I would treat your wood like the bowl turners do.
cut your projects to rough shape and pack them in a box of
dry sawdust and woodchips. depending on their moisture content,
ambient temperature and humidity, this could take weeks or months.
pay particular attention to the grain orientation for the best results.

have you googled wooden kitchenware and drinking cups ?
there must be someone somewhere on the web that does this a lot.
for non-hot applications, I suggest a tung oil based salad bowl or
cutting board finish. but they must be refreshed according to use.
never run these pieces through the dishwasher. hand wash and dry only.
for hot liquids such as tea or coffee, that is totally new for me.
google: "wooden coffee cup" for some ideas.

looking forward to seeing photos of your projects.

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I did some reading, tongue oil is gonna be my best bet for this. Is it absolutely necessary to let the wood dry out before carving it? Seems like that would make it more brittle and chip easier when I carve it

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no - I mentioned to carve the rough shape while green, removing
a lot of material then put it into the box of sawdust to slowly dry.
those that dry wood in the microwave can tell you how that goes.
I have never put wood in a microwave so my knowledge there is zero.
since your cups and mugs are small, and you have a lot of wood,
you can do a lot of experimenting yourself to see what works for you
in your part of the world in your particular climate.

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Thanks! I’ll post some pictures when I eventually finish some carvings.

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