By Dave Western, Great Book of Spoon Carving Patterns
Spoons are more than just functional utensils that you use and then toss into the dishwasher. A romantic spoon cannot simply function as a utensil or as an attractive art piece; it must also send a message of feeling, passion, or love. Whether you wish to carve a wedding or anniversary gift, a birth or memorial marker, or if you just want to enjoy the technical challenge of carving some of the designs, you will find plenty of inspiration and assistance in Dave Western’s new book, the Great Book of Spoon Carving Patterns.
Sample a spoon carving pattern by Dave Western and check out the gallery to see more spoon carving designs in his book below.
What is Romantic Spoon Carving?
Beginning in the early to mid-1600s, it became common practice for young, single men throughout Europe to create ornately embellished, carved wooden love tokens that would be given as gifts to the young women who had caught their eye or captivated their hearts.
In several regions, however, the spoon became the dominant courting, wedding, and gifting love token, eventually finding popularity from the Arctic Circle to the Carpathian Mountains.
Little is known of why the spoon became such a popular love token; explanations range from its simplicity to carve and its portability, to the urge of common folk to mimic the gentry’s burgeoning use of fancy metal spoons.
Use a timeless tradition to express your one-of- a-kind love! Featuring 5 bowl patterns and 75 original handle patterns to mix and match for hundreds of customizable carving designs, this book details the origins of each romantic wooden spoon and what they symbolize, from first date and courting spoons to wedding spoons.
Carve Symbolic Romantic Spoons
The Great Book of Spoon Carving Patterns is the perfect guide that honors this enduring and romantic craft while showing you how to carve wooden lovespoons of your own! Preview the book below.
History and Techniques
Details the history and symbolism of spoon carving, as well as tools, materials, basic cuts, finishing, and more
Features more than 60 full-size patterns from five regions to carve as shown, or mix and match to make your own original designs
A comprehensive guide to carving romantic wooden spoons to express meaningful messages
Practice carving animal caricatures with this amusing miniature! Sample this hippo step-by-step wood carving pattern from Steve Tomachek’s new book, Scrap Wood Whittling.
Every carver should use a practice board for chip carving! Grab a scrap piece of wood and this free wood carving pattern to practice your chips.
Giles carves intricate spoons and jewelry using nothing but a knife, an axe, and wind-fallen wood from Coed Tegid, his personal nature reserve in North Wales.
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