Lovespoon Carving

The lovespoon is a traditional Welsh custom dating back to the 17th century, where men would gather their creative talents and carve a decorative wooden spoon for a chosen lady as a symbol of their love and affection.

The custom still continues but nowadays it is used to celebrate a number of family occasions such as christenings, engagements, marriages and anniversaries.

I thought it would be fun to share my current lovespoon carving project with you and show how easy it can be to get started.

First you will want to create a design or find one already done on the internet. I found this one simply but searching for celtic lovespoon patterns.

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After scaling it to the size, I print it off and make a tracing paper copy of it as pictured above.

Then I tape it to a piece of graphite paper with the graphite facing down and affixed it to my piece of basswood.

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Now you are ready to transfer the pattern to the piece of wood. I like to use a red pen to trace the lines, so that if I am interrupted I can easily pick up from where I left off. It should look something similar to the picture below.

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I will outline the next steps to follow in the next post……so stay tuned……..

 

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