Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons

Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons

Understanding, Designing, and Carving Romantic Heirlooms

Book - 2008
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Particularly in Wales, where Western is from, but also throughout the Celtic world generally and in other countries as well, there is a long tradition of young men carving elaborate spoons for their sweethearts, presumably an elaboration of demonstrating that he could and would carve practical spoons and other implements for his future family. Now based in British Columbia, Western has turned from cabinet and furniture maker to artist. He explains and colorfully illustrates the history of the art, the wood, the tools, techniques from novice to advanced, and design. He also provides patterns. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The centuries-old tradition of lovespoons-hand-carved gifts representing affection, love, and security-is thoroughly explained in this guide to the history and symbolism of a beautiful and enduring craft. With three step-by-step projects for simple to advanced spoons, as well as a collection of 15 original patterns, this collection teaches carvers of all skill levels the techniques necessary to master this captivating art. In addition to the in-depth coverage of the legend and traditions of lovespoons, this guide includes chapters on wood selection, proper tool use and maintenance, methods for applying a long-lasting finish, and tips for customizing your own design. Also featured is an inspiring gallery of spoons in a variety of styles to illustrate the countless designs available to a lovespoon carver.
Learn to create beautiful lovespoons, hand-carved symbols of affection popular for centuries. This is the most thorough and detailed book available on the subject of lovespoon carving. Contains sections on the history of lovespoon carving, selecting woods, using and maintaining tools, applying long-lasting finishes as well as 3 step-by-step projects and 15 original patterns. Learn techniques to carve romantic gifts from a professional lovespoon artist. Included is a chapter on the history and symbolism of this captivating craft.

Publisher: East Petersburg, Pa. : Fox Chapel Pub., c2008
ISBN: 9781565233744
Branch Call Number: 745.51 WES
Characteristics: xi, 185 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Roberts, Chris
Alternative Title: Carving lovespoons


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