Whatever their romantic origins, they are today often carved to mark a wide range of special occasions - retirements, births, anniversaries and graduations to name a few. In fact, I have started a semi-tradition by carving my daughter a spoon for Christmas - not every Christmas mind you, but I have managed three over the past five years or so. She is a grateful recipient and I hope they continue to be special mementos of my love for her. I hope to expand the tradition to include my wife Kate and to encompass more milestones for both of them. Below are some pictures of my efforts.
I have two very good books on the subject of carving spoons which have guideed me, Celtic Carved Lovespoons by Sharon Lintley and Clive Griffin, and Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons, by David Western.
|This is the first spoon I carved for the Bean. Pattern from Lintley and Griffin.|
|This was my second effort. Pattern from Western.|
|This was the spoon I gave to the Bean this Christmas, also from Western.|