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. Laura's work is sometimes offered for sale - mainly by commission, at the occasional Welsh or Celtic festival, or currently, at Studios on High Gallery in the Short North Arts district near downtown Columbus, Ohio. That said, Laura's priority is simply to promote and hopefully contribute something to this beautiful tradition, while celebrating her own Welsh heritage. For occasional glimpses of works in progress, check out her 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 Jenkins Lovespoons, the Welsh Lovespoon Tradition and some common Symbolism.
Sign up now for a carving class at the Columbus WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road.
CARVING A LOVESPOON: a design for your Valentine! Wednesdays, Jan 27, Feb 3 and Feb 10 - from 6-9pm,, I will again teach my lovespoon fundamentals class. Students in this beginner/intermediate class will each carve basswood lovespoon featuring a heart-shaped design. In this class, students learn a little about Welsh Lovespoon history and tradition, and about basic carving considerations and techniques. We will practice several useful, versatile carving challenges: long, smooth curves; a small, deep bowl; and carving delicate features. See more details about this and other classes offered at Woodcraft's Website or the WoodCraft store, where you can also sign up.
CARVING A BASIC SPOON - Offered TWICE! Tuesday, February 23rd, and again Saturday, March 12th - In this one day class, students will learn the basic considerations involved in carving a basic kitchen spoon, one of the most comprehensive and practical carving exercises available. We will discus wood selection, carving characteristics, preparing blanks, practical considerations, basic carving techniques, and a traditional oil finish which may be applied not only to carving spoons, but to most any kind of carving.
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 examples.
You may have noticed a lull in my online presence both here and on my Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page in recent years. Please forgive it - I've been a little overbooked, and consumed with some work with local and national Wlesh heritage organizations. Now, my attention is returning to those projects that were set aside through this chaotic period, and I'm trying to catch up my backlog as quickly as I can, building up a little inventory, and working on some other neglected projects. To help regain my focus, and minimize distractions, 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 of my 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!
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