Jenkins Lovespoons by Blake's Practical Applications

Welcome to the Home of Jenkins Lovespoons!

Following centuries of Welsh Lovespoon tradition, Jenkins Lovespoons are entirely designed and hand-carved by Laura Jenkins Gorun in her private studio near Columbus, Ohio, and are only available from her, directly. Laura's work is sometimes offered for sale - mainly by commission, at the occasional Welsh or Celtic festival, or currently, at Studios on High Gallery in the Short North Arts district near downtown Columbus, Ohio. That said, Laura hopes her lovespoons help to promote and even contribute something to this beautiful tradition, while allowing her to celebrate her own Welsh heritage. For occasional glimpses of works in progress, check out her Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page!

Originating as a courtship gift, the Welsh Lovespoon tradition has endured since the 17th century. Today they are given for many occasions, having evolved beyond their romantic origins, but the tradition remains otherwise unchanged; Lovespoons are still creatively carved from a single piece of wood, and most importantly, always convey a personal, heartfelt sentiment.
Many people even have a wall-full of lovespoons on display in their homes, waiting to be handed down through the next generations. Have a look over at the About page to read a little more about the story of Jenkins Lovespoons, the Welsh Lovespoon Tradition and some common Symbolism.

MAY, 2016...

Sometimes the artistic process can benefit greatly from a little detour. Recently, I've been collaborating with a brilliant jewelry & fine beadwork artist, Mikelle Hickman-Romine. We've both been experimenting and adventuring a bit "outside the box" to create several new and unique jewelry items. We're thrilled for people to see what "magic" we've managed to create together. Our show is on display throughout the month of May at Studios on High Gallery in Columbus' Short North Arts District (686 N. High St.) Come by during the May 7th Gallery Hop (6pm-10pm), or any other day in May - the gallery is open from noon to 6pm Monday - Saturday, and 1pm to 6pm Sundays.

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UPCOMING CARVING CLASSES

CARVING A BASIC SPOON - Classes currently scheduled at WoodCraft of Columbus for Thursday, May 5th; Friday, July 22nd; Friday, August 12th, and Saturday, August 20th -
In this one day class, students will learn the basic considerations involved in carving a basic kitchen spoon, one of the most comprehensive and practical carving exercises available. We will discus wood selection, carving characteristics, preparing blanks, practical considerations, basic carving techniques, and a traditional oil finish which may be applied not only to carving spoons, but to most any kind of carving.
Sign up now at the Columbus WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road.

Basic Kitchen Spoon Class Example spacer Caged Ball Class Example

CARVING A BALL in CAGE - Thursday, May 19th at WoodCraft of Columbus -
In this one day class, students will learn the basic considerations involved in carving a basic kitchen spoon, one of the most comprehensive and practical carving exercises available. We will discus wood selection, carving characteristics, preparing blanks, practical considerations, basic carving techniques, and a traditional oil finish which may be applied not only to carving spoons, but to most any kind of carving.
Sign up now at the Columbus WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road.

Prices and details are available in the "classes" section of the Columbus Woodcraft Store's website, and you can call or visit the store to sign up, and see examples.

In other news...

You may have noticed a lull (to say the least) in my online presence both here and on my Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page in recent years. Please forgive it - I've been a little consumed with several projects and some work with local and national Welsh heritage organizations. Now, I've been focusing on working through all the projects and activities that were delayed or neglected, regaining some artistic momentum, and building up a little inventory. In hopes of helping to regain my focus, and minimize distractions, I've also become a permanent member at Studios on High Gallery at 686 N. High Street in Columbus. So, now you can go there if you want to see some of my lovespoons, along with a wonderful variety of other local artists' work! Of course, you can also scroll through my facebook page to see some past spoons, and if you like my page, then when I start posting more regularly again, you'll be the first to know!

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