It is said that a young man would spend months creating an intricately carved, romantically symbolic, decorated wooden spoon for a girl that he fancied, using only the basic tools that he found around the house or farm. Upon completion, he would present it to her and, legend has it, if she accepted his love token it meant that she was also interested in him. And thus their courtship would begin…
Of course, the lovespoon tradition has evolved since the 1660s!
Today, lovespoons make an awesome gift that can be as personalized and unique as you want. Yes, you can be part of the design process. Lovespoons are given to an individual, or a couple, for a birthday, an engagement, a wedding, an anniversary or, given that ability to individualize the design, any celebratory occasion you can think of.
Take the lovespoon to the right, for instance. It was designed as a retirement gift for a church pastor and his wife, both of whom hail from Wales. The cross denotes Christian faith, the two hearts symbolize the love between the husband and wife, and the daffodil is the national flower of Wales. Isn't that just splendid?
What better satisfaction, as a gift-giver, than knowing your gift has been designed and hand-carved with your special person in mind?
I mean, who among us does not want to receive a present that has really had some thought and feeling put into it?
Rooted in the Welsh tradition, our lovespoons are either carved by Chris Watkins (me) in a lovely little town in Ohio, called Wooster, or by my father Glyndwr, near Resolven, a village in the gorgeous Vale of Neath, in South Wales.