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Following centuries of Welsh Lovespoon tradition, Jenkins Lovespoons are entirely designed and hand-carved by Laura Jenkins Gorun in her private studio near Columbus, Ohio, and are only available from her, directly. While she does offer her lovespoons for sale - mainly by commission, and at the occasional Celtic festival or the annual North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) - her main purpose is simply to promote and hopefully contribute something to this beautiful tradition, while celebrating her own Welsh heritage. Check out the Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page!
Originating as a courtship gift, the Welsh Lovespoon tradition has endured since the 17th century. Today they are given for many occasions, having evolved beyond their romantic origins, but the tradition remains otherwise unchanged; Lovespoons are still creatively carved from a single piece of wood, and most importantly, always convey a personal, heartfelt sentiment.
Many people even have a wall-full of lovespoons on display in their homes, waiting to be handed down through the next generations. Have a look over at the About page to read a little more about the story of the Welsh Lovespoon Tradition and some common Symbolism.
Sign up now for my next carving class at the Columbus WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road.
Saturdays in June - June 13, 20, and 27, 1pm - 4pm - Carve a LOVESPOON ..... I will be teaching my Lovespoon Fundamentals class again on 3 Saturdays in June. Each student will carve a basswood lovespoon based on an original design by the instructor. In this three-session class, students will learn and practice fundamental carving techniques, and address common challenges, using very simple tools. The project includes excellent carving challenges, including keeping symmetry and working with wood grain, while carving long, continuous curves; a small,deep bowl; and a delicate design.
Prices and details are available in the "classes" section of the Columbus Woodcraft Store's website, and you can call or visit the store to sign up, and see more examples of what we'll be carving, in different stages of completion.
You may have noticed a lull in my online presence both here and on my Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page this year - please forgive it - I've been a little overwhelmed this year. So, I've been focusing on catching up my backlog, building up a little inventory, and some other critical projects, including helping with some of the local plans for the North American Festival of Wales, which will be coming to Columbus September 3-6. I've also become a permanent member at Studios on High Gallery at 686 N. High Street in Columbus! So, now you can go there if you want to see some available lovespoons, along with a wonderful variety of other local artists' work! Of course, you can also scroll through my facebook page to see some past spoons, and if you like my page, then when I start posting more regularly again, you'll be the first to know!
It's Official: The North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) will be coming to Columbus, Ohio September 3-6, 2015 (Labor Day weekend)! This annual festival is organized by the Welsh North American Association (WNAA), with a little help from a local committee, which happens to be chaired by one Laura Jenkins Gorun, who is looking forward to a very busy year!
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