While some spoons in the "Popular" gallery are also among my favorites, I thought I'd include a few more in this gallery. These were mainly commissions and gifts. While it's difficult to recall any spoons I didn't enjoy making, these are a few that I found especially inspiring.
|This spoon in American holly was all about heritage. I think heritage is important. And hey - I think I share a lot of the heritage this lovespoon represents, too! It was a bit of a departure for me, style-wise, but it just came together this way - and I found myself very happy watching it develop! What's your heritage?
|This spoon in American holly had a wine theme, but there are also a few rather obscure references included, which I found especially fun. It was very challenging, very fun, and if you wonder how far you can push the limits of holly wood with simple edge tools, I think this is it.
|This cherry lovespoon was the very first commission I received. It made it very evident to me that I would always prefer to design a lovespoon for a real person, as opposed to for an undetermined recipient, just for inventory.
|This mahogany lovespoon was, I think, maybe the 4th Lovespoon design I ever drew. (so, probably within a month or two after I first attempted carving.) It was a housewarming gift for a co-worker. While I cut it out not long after drawing it, I'd realized that I may have overdesigned it, considering my very limited carving abilities. I believe it was almost two years before I gained the confidence to actually attempt carving it. I was only carving a little bit in those first few years, but still was just making gifts for friends and family, so the designs were fun.
|This European Lime lovespoon with a twisted loose link at the top was my first piece with a moving part. Since lovespoons must always be made from, one piece of wood, it is quite common to incorporate "whittling tricks" like this. It adds a nice challenge, and people always seem to like them, and they rarely last long in my inventory. In fact, someone bought this less than a week after I finished it, and I didn't feel like I'd finished enjoying it myself yet (I usually have them for at least a couple weeks after they are finished, which is normally enough), so I made a second one from the same design. I would later make a few more with some variations and in other woods, because the design proved to be quite popular.
|This Lovespoon was carved from a very thick, old piece of incredibly hard mahogany. (Mahogany is usually about the softest wood I use.) To give an idea of how hard it was, it took at least 8 hours just to rough out the interior of the 1.5" deep bowl. While I rarely make spoons more than an inch deep, making this one definitely began a phase of thicker spoons than I had been making.
|This Cherry Lovespoon was commissioned by a writer, for a writer friend. I was especially inspired, I think, by the deviation from "typical" lovespoon symbolism. While it wasn't really much of a departure, it certainly looks different, at least to me. I very much enjoyed the feather aspect, especially. Getting the quill of the feather in the same position on the front as it was on the back was a particularly interesting challenge.
|This walnut lovespoon with celtic knotwork crosses was one of my early attempts at drawing some celtic knot patterns of my own. I seem to have trouble with that. In any case, while I was designing it, I quite liked it, and looking back on it, finished, I still quite like it. However, while I was carving it, my carving friends will attest that I regularly remarked "what was I thinking?!"
|This English Yew double-bowled lovespoon was a gift to my husband for Valentine's Day one year. It remains, to this day, one of my top favorites among the spoons I've made. It is also probably one of my most delicate designs. It is a little difficult to see just how delicate it is in pictures, but I'm not sure I could have accomplished the same thing in any wood other than English Yew, since that wood is so strong. I enjoyed making it so much, I did later make a very similar spoon from a variation of this design, from another part of the same board.