Kuksa (Rīkona)

Learn how to carve a wooden cup (traditionally called a kuksa).


$215.00 per person



About this experience

Oct 12, 10am-3pm / Oct 13, 10am-3pm

Learn how to carve a wooden cup (traditionally called a kuksa). You'll gain skills with an axe, various hollowing tools, and knives to perfect a design that's very pleasing to hold and drink your chosen beverage from. A wonderful keep cup, you can take your kuksa anywhere from the café to camping, or give it as a present. This workshop teaches advanced carving techniques, and though open to beginners, suits people best that are already comfortable with hand tool use. (Try our beginner spoon carving workshop if this class isn't for you.)

Please note:

  • All materials and tools will be provided.
  • This class is held over two days and is weather dependent. You must be able to make the rain dates too (19th and 20th October), a refund will not be given if the first dates are cancelled due to weather and you cannot make the rain date.
  • This workshop is suitable for adults and only suited to those who can work safely without direct supervision with very sharp hand tools.   


Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays, and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand.

Your Host

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Douglas Horrell has taught spoon carving since 2017 and specialises in hand carved, functional items such as spoons and bowls, as well as having an interest in chair-making and other green wood traditions. He also has a growing interest in tool making - forging his own tools from high carbon steel. Douglas is teaching spoon carving and sharpening, and his kuksa workshop is new in 2024. He also hosts the monthly spoon club sessions.