Continuing the Welsh lovespoon Tradition in Wales today
Here at The Lovespoon Workshop situated close to the seaside resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, the Thomas family continue the 17th century Welsh tradition of designing and hand carving Welsh lovespoons. We are an eco-friendly business that recycles much of the wood we use, always sources the wood responsibly and we have our own tree planting project. Just last year we planted an additional fifty trees here on site. Our own trees that have been planted for future generations include Oak, Silver Birch, Holly and various fruit trees. All of these are woods that are ideal for woodcarving but we always plant more than we use.
Our exclusive lovespoons are available via our workshop and also online through our Welsh lovespoon shop. We are dedicated to producing an authentic Welsh Lovespoon using many of the original principles of this centuries old tradition. Today we cater for a wide variety of special occasions, with designs including anniversary lovespoons, engagement lovespoons, christening lovespoons, lovespoons for new born babies and wedding lovespoons. Check out the videos below to find out more about what we do with the Welsh lovespoon tradition here @ The Lovespoon Workshop.
The Thomas family and the Welsh lovespoon tradition
The Lovespoon Workshop is a family business that was established in 1975 by Kerry and Jill Thomas. Throughout the years we have developed our collections of lovespoons with careful consideration of the tradition, whilst evolving to keep pace within an ever-changing world. Our core beliefs of quality, authenticity and good value have remained a constant throughout but we have also adapted the centuries old lovespoon tradition to keep our work at the forefront of the story of the Welsh Lovespoon today.
We have a great passion for this wonderful Welsh craft and we seek to preserve it within Wales and hope that future generations will continue to enjoy the lovespoon as we as a family have been able to.
Our love for the material that we work in on a daily basis is also great and we source it all from sustainable sources. Examples including recycling wood from old fixtures and fittings, solid furniture in disrepair and logs from our own trees. We often find that we are able to use wood that others discard. Frequently being amazed by the amount of beautiful hardwoods that find themselves surplus to requirement. Examples include Oak beams that are several hundred years old and window and door frames from Mahogany and Teak. All fine timbers that we are delighted to give a new lease of life.
Come and witness traditional lovespoon handcarving demonstrations by ourselves throughout the day.
The Lovespoon Workshop is also home to a unique collection of lovespoons dating back to 1969. Since 1969 one special lovespoon has been added to our collection, recording the events of the year. Our collection has developed into our own version of a family diary with personal and public milestones all being included in our lovespoons.
The births of children and grandchildren have been included on several lovespoons. Using traditional symbols like links and seeds but also less traditional methods like arrows, deriving from psalm 127, recording the joyous event of a new arrival. Our lovespoon collection has also been used to record international events, including the London Olympics, the tragic events of September 11th 2001, the incredible rescue of the miners in Chile and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. These are just a few examples but the list of events recorded in our lovespoon collection is considerably longer.
In essence what makes our lovespoon collection unique at The Lovespoon Workshop is that each one has a message. To craft a unique lovespoon design is just part of the process, the story that it tells is what gives the lovespoon its true purpose and meaning.
When Conor Knighton came to visit us here @ The Lovespoon Workshop.
Our top 10 tips for anyone who wants to have a go at handcarving their own Welsh lovespoon.
Check out our video, showing how we made The Longest Handcarved Lovespoon in the world in 2006-07.
Filming the making of a wedding lovespoon using timelapse on a GoPro.
A Quick!!! lovespoon carving demonstration.
For more videos about our work with the Welsh lovespoon tradition here @ The Lovespoon Workshop head over to our YouTube Channel Dai ‘lovespoons’ Thomas by following the link below.