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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 final carving class this year at the Columbus WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road. The first one-day ball-in-cage class was great fun, so make sure to sign up for the next, on Saturday, December 6th! Students will learn to carve a basic Ball-in-a-Cage from a single block of wood. I'll endeavor to unmask the mystery behind this popular carving "trick," and students can learn a lot of basic carving principles in the process. One of the more experienced students in my first iteration of this class proposed that this should be a required class for beginning carvers. I agreed that it is an excellent, comprehensive carving exercise.
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.
A big thanks to everyone who made the first Ball-in Cage class on November 13th such a success! I hope you all had as much fun as I did - I think I'll be formulating classes with more whittling tricks, like rings and chains, so we can do it again!
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!
While a very busy schedule has certainly been having an impact on my online presence, I am still trying to get things out here whenever I can! To get quick glimpses into current projects or appearances, "like" my Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page. I hope you'll forgive the lulls in my online presence - I promise what's keeping me away is a good cause! Remember, you don't have to have an account on facebook to visit my page.
For the carvers out there, looking to examine all the careful considerations and thorough details that seem to be involved in my lovespoon carving process, it's been a while since I have had time to post anything new, but there are still lots of details and pictures out there from before I got so ridiculously busy. One day, I'll surely post something new.
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