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.
Just wanted to share one of my latest creations, the Unity Tray. Made special as a wedding gift.
I wanted to make something that would take my love for carving and my new found love for pyrography (wood burning). I also wanted to add some type of symbol with meaning.
Put it all together and you get The Unity Tray. The symbol I chose was the Celtic Heart Knot. The Celtic heart is among the most romantic of symbols, formed from one continuous line, representing the union of souls in a visual continuity, of continuing faith and love as one travels through the journey of life.
I tried to take lots of pictures as I’m giving it away, but wanted to be able to make more in the future.