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LOVE SPOON – A Beautiful Tradition

LOVE SPOON – A Beautiful Tradition


A “Love Spoon”, or “Welsh Love Spoon” is a Celtic tradition. 

The carving of Love Spoons dates back to the 17th Century. They can be found throughout Wales, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavian countries such as Norway. 



The original meaning behind one of these beautifully hand crafted spoons was to show ones affection. A young man would carve one and then present to a young lady to express his love, and intension to court and/or marry her. 

There are many styles and symbols that are carved into Love Spoons, with the most common being a heart. Each spoon was carved to represent their love story. 

They are still made and given today as presents for engagements, weddings and anniversaries. 

Here is one I recently carved. This is my first one, as I have seen many in carving books and online and wanted to give it a try. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. 

It was carved out of birch wood and is a medium sized spoon (9″ long x 2″ wide). It is finished with a beeswax oil finish.