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Traditional Spooncarving in Wales

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • Author: Gwyndaf Breese
  • Publication Date: March 2007
  • Format: Paperback, 210x148 mm, 112 pages

Craftsman Gwyndaf Breese is originally from the Dyfi area, but he moved to work at the Welsh Folk Museum, St Fagans, as a specialist in the practices of traditional woodcarvers and woodturners.

By now, the lovespoon has become one of the representative images of Wales, a unique emblem of the culture. There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Every year, thousands of visitors take home with them examples of the lovespoon, and every year the lovespoon enjoys a prominent position in Welsh weddings.

To tell the story of the lovespoon, this book starts with its humble older sister, the domestic spoon. Long before knives and forks were used for eating, and long before the availability of metal spoons, carved wooden spoons were in wide use, and their manufacture was a major occupation in the Welsh countryside. The craft of domestic spoonmaking developed into that of the lovespoon, and the author details the different styles that emerged, explains some of the symbolism of the designs, describes the woodworking craft from start to finish, and traces the growth, decline and rebirth of this uniquely Welsh craft tradition.