- GUKSI -
CUPS MADE FROM
BIRCH TREE BURLS
These beautiful wooden cups are traditionally carved from birch tree burls.
Guksi are made from the bulbous protrusions, known as burls, of local birch trees. These wood growths occur when a tree has been stressed (by insects, bacteria, etc.), creating a complex interior pattern that is both beautiful and rare. Ideal for their round shape, burls are severed from a tree, carved out to form a basin, and smoothed, revealing fine natural wood grain patterns swirling around the interior. To make the vessel even more exquisite, some artists inlay the carefully carved handles with carved pieces of ivory-hued reindeer antler.
Because they’re made of wood, guksi provide excellent insulation for hot beverages while their wide bases make for stable-bottomed vessels. Although the shape can be found in modern plastic and ceramic versions, authentic wooden guksi remain a proud part of Sámi heritage and those who make them are highly respected craftspeople.
Clancy's comment: Yet, another practical item made by smart people.