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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 to see some of what's keeping Laura busy! (even if you're not "on Facebook," you can still see 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.
For the first three Wednesday evenings in March, beginning March 5, 2014 (now in progress), I am teaching my "Lovespoon Fundamentals" class at the Columbus WoodCraft Store. Then, after a break for the last week in March, I'll begin teaching my new, second class, "Carving a Lovespoon with a Moving Feature." (SIGN UP NOW!) See more about both classes on the WoodCraft Class website. This new, second class is listed as intermediate, but can be as advanced as you want it to be. The spoons we'll carve in this new class will have either a captive ring or caged ball, and students will be encouraged to get creative, and to challenge themselves in this class, while learning more about basic techniques and the thresholds of what can be done with a single piece of wood. Sign up now, at the WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road in Columbus, OH.
For the quick glimpses into what's keeping me busy, make sure to like my Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook 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.
This site was last modified: March 2014
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