A Brief Lovespoon History
The Welsh lovespoon dates back to the 17th century, the earliest example being dated 1667. We believe that sailors used to carve lovespoons, this is in part due to the amount of nautical symbols, including anchors, ships wheels and ships being carved into early designs.The link with sailors and seaside communities opens the tradition up to a wider world of wood, allowing us to use timbers that originate from all parts of the world.
Whilst similar customs to the Welsh lovespoon exist in different parts of the world the true lovespoon is Welsh in its origin. We note that only Wales lays claim to the lovespoon tradition. This leads us into the realm of Celtic design. Early lovespoons do not usually display much in the way of Celtic influence, however more recent developments within the lovespoon tradition have witnessed a successful fusion of both traditional lovespoon and Celtic design.
Lovespoon symbols are another area of the tradition that has received much attention. Numerous lists have been produced over the last fifty years from a variety of sources for various purposes. Whilst some symbols are obvious in their meaning, it is often the case that a symbol can have a variety of meanings depending on individual interpretation. For example an anchor is widely regarded as representing stability but it could also be used to simply portray a love of the sea.