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Wooden goblets are goblets made of wood. In antiquity, before the advent of wood turning machines and tools, wooden goblets were made completely by hand, using knife and chisel. These older style wooden goblets would have been used by the lower classes of feudal society, more difficult and technology intensive materials being reserved for higher classes. Wood drinking ware was typically not in the shape of stemware in times past and such stemware would have been used ceremonially more than as an everyday cup.

Wooden goblets today are almost exclusively made using a lathe to turn a piece of wood and bits chucked up on the machine or hand tools to shape the wood into a goblet. The process of wood turning is used to make a variety of other things such as bowls, balusters, table legs, architectural features and parts for chairs.

Wood turned to make goblets is more complicated than many of these other uses due to the inside cut that must be made to create the hollow where liquid is to be put. This may be done before or after making the silhouette and may be done using chucked bits, CNC machining, freehand or a combination of these processes. Freehand turned goblets may be difficult to discern from mechanically turned pieces dependant on the skill of the craftsman who turns the piece.

Written by Ryan Staub.

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