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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.
The weekend of May 17th and 18th, I will be participating in the Welsh Heritage Days at Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio. The Madog Center for Welsh Studies, along with other departments at the University of Rio Grande, along with the Bob Evans Farm, Inc. to plan this excellent weekend of celebrating Welsh culture and heritage, focusing on the performing arts, with competitions centered on an Eisteddfod. The festival is modeled after the original Welsh Heritage Days from the 1970's. If you're interested in Welsh language, poetry or music, you won't want to miss this event! It's exciting to have a chance to be a part of a Welsh festival, especially in an area with such a deep, rich history of Welsh Heritage, planned by such strong organizations. It's a beautiful drive through SE Ohio, so definitely plan to stop by!
Later this year, watch the class listings at the local WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road in Columbus for some new beginning carving classes I'm developing! These will be short (one-day) classes, breaking down some specific elements, starting with some popular whittling "tricks" like carving a ball in a cage.
Watch for this to be scheduled for later this year, or a wide variety of other classes always being offered at the Columbus WoodCraft Store.
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.
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