Hand-carved LovespoonWelsh Otter
Available to order with 3 working day delivery in the UK.
Imagine you are a young Welsh man in the 17th Century and you really have your eye on a certain someone. What do you give them? A lovespoon of course! Made by your own hands if possible.
We fell in love with these spoons at first sight. Each has been intricately carved by hand from locally sourced hardwood, and features a heart design.
- Each is unique - featuring a slightly different design round the theme of hearts, symbolising love, affection, and love returned
- Made by master maker Sion Llewellyn in South Wales
- Care is taken to ensure the precise intricate carving and polishing is of the highest standard
- Each spoon has a wonderfully smooth, tactile feel
- A beautiful piece of Welsh heritage evolved from a centuries-old tradition
- Choose from a light or dark wood (either lime or walnut). Design will be selected at random.
- Gift boxed for a perfect present
- Delivery: Please allow three working days
About the maker: Sion Llewellyn made his first love spoon in when he was twelve and gave it to his mother. Since then - he hasn't stopped; turning a hobby into a full time job ten years ago. He now works from Bridgend, South Wales, to produce his fantastic collection of spoons. His work is sent around the world and is also exhibited at The Museum of Welsh Life in Fagan's, Cardiff.
The history of love spoons:
The custom of making and giving of lovespoons originated in Wales as early as the Seventeenth Century.
The lovespoon developed from a kitchen utensil known as a 'Cawl' spoon. This was a ladle type spoon with a long curved handle and a deep oval shaped bowl, usually made from sycamore wood. The main function of the spoon was to serve the 'Cawl' a type of broth or soup which would have been the main diet of the peasant folk of those times.
Early lovespoons showed little decoration except maybe for a simple heart to the handle. As time went on, the handle lost all of its resemblance to that of its culinary predecessor. The spoon now became a love token with much more elaborate carvings depicted including designs such as twisted stem, balls inside a cage, links and plenty of decorative fret work and chip carving.
The making and giving of lovespoons in those days was very much akin to how engagement rings are given today. The men folk would while away the long winter evenings whittling away at a Lovespoon with the girl of his fancy in mind. The presenting and acceptance of the Lovespoon was then taken as a betrothal of marriage. The intricacy of the carving showing the donors personality, dexterity and Love for the receiver. In addition demonstrating his skills that could be employed within the future marriage. It must be said that not all of the men folk had the necessary skills or patience to make such an elaborate gift and so would employ the services of a local craftsman, maybe a wheelwright, furniture maker or carpenter. They would then translate his feelings and express his love onto a Lovespoon to give to his chosen one.
Today Lovespoons are given for many different occasions such as Weddings, Anniversaries, and Birthdays or just as a memento of a pleasant stay in Wales.