A Kuksa is a drinking vessel, traditionally made by the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia (also known as a Guksi).
Traditionally it's made from dried Birchwood, reflected local traditions regarding design and served as a special drinking dish, which if done properly and maintained correctly, could last for decades, even a lifetime.
The Kuksa in many situations was a heirloom piece that could be handed down through generations and would last indefinitely as long as basic maintenance was implemented. Most people do not use detergent to clean a Kuksa as it is believed to damage and weaken the wood.
In a Bushcraft environment, being able to fashion a Kuksa could serve two purposes. First, to use it as a drinking vessel or to hold soups or stews. Second, as a barter item.
Learn how to make a Kuksa and learn more about its history after the break.