Welsh Love Spoons
He would carve a heart on the spoon to show that his heart was hers, the keyhole would be an indication of his
desire to share his home with her, and assuming their growing together, he would carve a vine on the spoon. When
the spoon was finished, he would then hope that she would accept it and his heart as well, although, he knew that
by accepting his token of love, was by no means an indication that she had accepted him.
He knew several women in the village who had already amassed a small collection of lovespoons , and knew that no
matter how popular each woman was, she could evidently not marry all her suitors.
And so his lovespoon, believed by many to be an extension of the Cawl Spoon, ( Cawl - an early Welsh broth, and staple part of the diet) neared completion, the time for
acceptance or rejection would soon be upon him.
They spent many happy years together, the lovespoon that had brought them together all those years before had taken
pride of place upon the wall of their living room. Now, it had passed through the many generations that followed,
keeping their love alive and everlasting.
Is it the oldest known lovespoon? That question can never be answered as love spoons are rarely dated, therefore it
is impossible to accurately date them. At the Museum of Welsh life at St. Fagan's in Cardiff, the collection there
has one spoon dated back to the 1660s, as well as many other fine examples. One thing is sure though, the carving
of lovespoons is a part of Welsh Culture going back many centuries.
Now though, love spoons are seen more as a memento of Wales, be that as a result of a trip to Wales, or for an
exile longing for the green and pleasant land, still called Home.
Whilst the carving and giving of lovespoons has not survived the test of time, and many of the lovespoons bought
today are machine made, who knows, maybe one day, the old custom of carving a lovespoon for the one you love might
re-emerge from the distant past and become part of Welsh Culture again. Welsh love spoons are a unique Celtic, and
especially Welsh, Craft.
Wedding Favours are, typically, smaller versions of lovespoons that are handed out by the bride
and groom as mementos to their guests. These are hand-made, like the lovespoons.
Depending on the quantity required, delivery can be up to six weeks, but please email me - I'm sure we can sort something out. Likewise if you want initials or dates carved
on them, or if you require a different colour, just ask!
Many thanks for your time.
The Symbolism of Lovespoons.