Water of life

“Uisce beatha” is Gaelic for “water of life” and from where we get the word whiskey. This was the inspiration for this Butternut whiskey cup.

The carving on the handle represents both the water and fire elements and there unlikely unity in things like tea or whiskey. Butternut wood was chosen for its cathartic properties and is said to purify negative emotions especially those of fear and pity. This cup was made to invoke feelings of Courage and Joy much like the age old “Uisce Beatha”.

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About Anthony Wilder

I am an artisan woodworker from Grand Rapids, MI. Woodworking is my passion and I do all my work with hand tools. We can learn a lot from past methods and mindsets and I am working towards teaching the lost art of working wood.
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2 Responses to Water of life

  1. Hi Ant, lovely cup.
    Do you cure it somehow before pouring whiskey in it? I got thirsty.


    • Hi Sabastian,
      I cured the cup in organic flax oil. Flax oil works great because it cures in the wood instead of on top like a lot of other finishes. The only downside is that it takes a few weeks to fully cure.

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