Carving Spoons: Welsh Love Spoons, Celtic Knots and Contemporary Favorites

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Carving Spoons is your introduction into the fascinating world of these hand-crafted objects of utility and sentiment. Classic in simplicity of form, spoons can be carved into an almost endless assortment of shapes ranging from primitive to contemporary. Welsh Love Spoon designs can also carry specific meanings: love, marriage - even how many children you desire! Shirley Adler will get you started making these spoons for yourself or to give away. You'll only need small scraps of wood and a few common carving ...
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Overview

Carving Spoons is your introduction into the fascinating world of these hand-crafted objects of utility and sentiment. Classic in simplicity of form, spoons can be carved into an almost endless assortment of shapes ranging from primitive to contemporary. Welsh Love Spoon designs can also carry specific meanings: love, marriage - even how many children you desire! Shirley Adler will get you started making these spoons for yourself or to give away. You'll only need small scraps of wood and a few common carving tools. Inside these pages, you'll learn all the techniques you need to shape the bowl and carve detail into the handle.
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With a little carving, the humble wooden spoon is elevated from a utilitarian object to a love token or work of art. Adler, a spoon-carving teacher, offers a wide range of information on this relatively accessible and inexpensive craft, including basic tools, care, design, and wood selection (e.g., food-safe woods); two progressive projects designed for beginning and intermediate carvers; and 45 spoon patterns. Adler's instructions are excellent, and numerous colorful photos illustrate each step. Of particular interest is a technique in which a glue-soaked rope is formed into a three-dimensional model, which will help those carving knots that can be hard to visualize on paper. Many traditional whittling subjects, such as chains, balls in a cage, and spirals, are illustrated. E.J. Tangerman's brief history of the symbolism used in carving Welsh love spoons and Harley Refsal's description of the Scandinavian spoon-making tradition provide context. Short but appealing, this book will interest any carver and is recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565230927
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 75
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The History of Welsh Love Spoons 1
An Introduction to Scandinavian Spoon Making 9
Ch. 1 Spoon Carving Basics 13
Ch. 2 Carving Your First Spoon 28
Ch. 3 Carving the Welsh Love Spoon 43
Ch. 4 Color Gallery of Carved Spoons 51
Ch. 5 Patterns Section 54
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