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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. While she does offer her lovespoons for sale - mainly by commission, and at the occasional Celtic festival or the annual North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) - her main purpose is simply to promote and hopefully contribute something to this beautiful tradition, while celebrating her own Welsh heritage. Check out the 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 the Welsh Lovespoon Tradition and some common Symbolism.
Sign up now for one of my next carving classes at the Columbus WoodCraft Store on Bethel Road.
May 14 - Thursday - Carve a Basic Spoon ..... In this one day class, students will learn basic considerations involved in carving a basic kitchen spoon, one of the most comprehensive and practical carving exercises available, so they'll be able to carve spoons and many other things after completing this class.
May 30 - Saturday - Carve a Captive Ring ..... Apprehensive about trying those old "Whittlin' Tricks?" Don't be! In this one-day class, students will learn to carve a free-moving captive ring from a single block of wood (provided). You will also learn several basic carving techniques and principles, and be introduced to safety, sharpening, planning, design traditions, and more through this project.
Saturdays in June - June 13, 20, and 27, 1pm - 4pm - Carve a LOVESPOON ..... I will be teaching my Lovespoon Fundamentals class again on Saturdays in June. Each student will carve a basswood lovespoon based on an original design by the instructor. In this three-session class, students will learn and practice fundamental carving techniques, and address common challenges, using very simple tools. The project includes excellent carving challenges, including keeping symmetry and working with wood grain, while carving long, continuous curves; a small,deep bowl; and a delicate design.
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 more examples of what we'll be carving, in different stages of completion.
It's Official: The North American Festival of Wales (NAFOW) will be coming to Columbus, Ohio September 3-6, 2015 (Labor Day weekend)! This annual festival is organized by the Welsh North American Association (WNAA), with a little help from a local committee, which happens to be chaired by one Laura Jenkins Gorun, who is looking forward to a very busy year!
While a very busy schedule has certainly been having an impact on my online presence, I am still trying to get things out here whenever I can! To get quick glimpses into current projects or appearances, "like" my Jenkins Lovespoons Facebook Page. I hope you'll forgive the lulls in my online presence - I promise what's keeping me away is a good cause! Remember, you don't have to have an account on facebook to visit my page.
For the carvers out there, looking to examine all the careful considerations and thorough details that seem to be involved in my lovespoon carving process, it's been a while since I have had time to post anything new on my blog, but there are still lots of details and pictures out there from before I got so ridiculously busy. One day, I'll surely post something new.
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