Making a drinking cup from a burl, Noggin

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by sticks65, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    In England these type of cups are know as a Noggin.

    Heres how i made mine.

    First you will have to find a tree with a burl on it, the beauty of using a burl is it is near enough shaped for you already

    I cut the burl from the tree using a folding saw.


    I trimmed off the outer bark using my knife and tided up the edges.




    Then i used a crooked knife to hollow out the inside of the noggin.


    I soaked it in oil.

    Very simple and strait forward to make,you can also use burl to make bowls.

    added some cord i made from nettles.



    Varnished the outside.
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  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Re: Making a drinking cup from a burl,Noggin.

    Cool, you mean there is a use for burl wood other than in woodworking? LOL
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Re: Making a drinking cup from a burl,Noggin.

    Yep, makes for good pipe bowls, too. (And that IS woodcarving.)
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  4. hog

    hog Drinking Mampoer.

    This is a brilliant job.
    Plenty of work involved with gouging out the centre.
    Love the colours.
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  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Love that work... I really like the woodwork ...
    Ever work with yew?.... beautiful stuff with a nice history and lore to it....
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  6. hog

    hog Drinking Mampoer.

    The burl will dictate the way its going to be carved for sure, could end up with any number of interesting designs.
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  7. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Ive not carved yew but have put handles on knives with it.
  8. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Yep that correct,i had no say in the outside shape of the noggin.
  9. BrightSpark

    BrightSpark Monkey+

    If anyone is considering a wooden drinking cup from a particular wood, it would be best to check first that it isn't toxic.
    FYI Yew is very toxic.

    Here's a list of wood with toxicity. Note this list seems more about the dust than food use, but it's a guide. Some woods are very nasty. Of course, woods that have been traditionally used for spoons, noggins, kuksas etc. should be fine. The real danger lies with woods that weren't traditional, there may be a reason for that.
    Stay safe!

    Wood Toxicity Information from
  10. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

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  11. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    a stone or sand work wonders to smooth and polish the wood before adding a finish
    you can also grind out your hollow with a rounded stone
  12. usa83

    usa83 Monkey+

    Has anyone tried putting a ember in the middle to help with removing the heart of the bowl? It seems like that would take a lot less time but you would have to becareful not burn all the way through.

  13. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    Yes I have tried it and I can tell you it took far more time than carving it out.
  14. Marco Montana

    Marco Montana Monkey+

    That's awesome, I need to try that... What kind of knife you using there? Looks like a Condor Bushlore thats been re ground.
  15. sticks65

    sticks65 Monkey++

    The knife is a home made custom knife that I made from O1 tool steel and walnut scales with brass pins.
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