This is my woodpecker kuksa that I carved from pine wood.
Kuksa is a traditional type of carved wooden cup originating from the Sami people.
I was hiking through the forest with my brother after a big storm and we found a number of fallen trees that had really some really great pieces for carving. For carving kuksas like this one you have to use green wood (wood that has just been harvested and has not had time to dry out). We harvested the piece for this cup near the beginning of our hike so I carried the wood along with me as we walked. eventually we stopped and made a fire and I roughed out most of this piece sitting there in front of the fire. I had a good number of tools with me because we went with the intention of doing some carving. While I was roughing out the cup, a woodpecker kept distracting me because it was making a lot of noise. I finished it at home in the days following and I decided to carve a woodpecker into the cup because of the one I saw while carving in the woods. The red paint on the woodpecker is actually made from boiled down beets and the wood is protected with beeswax.
In the picture of the kuksa on a different hike where we stopped and boiled some tea. If you look really carefully, you can just see the tea in the kuksa