It is predominantly used for drinking beer.
The kjenge is rounded, whereas the kane has a more elongated shape, like a ship. The word kane is related to old words meaning boat. In Norwegian, kane can also mean sleigh.
The bowl’s handles usually have a human or animal shape.
It is often carved from what the Norwegians call a kåte, a knot or protuberance on a tree. The wood in a kåte is harder than normal and is a sought-after material by wood carvers.
This is the kind of object the old Norwegian farmer would work on around the fire – during the long and dark winter evenings.
Recommended read: Norwegian decorative painting – rosemaling
Main source: «Norske drikkekar av tre» by Per Gjærder – Universitetsforlaget 1974.