History of Lovespoons: The Art and Traditions of a Romantic Craft

History of Lovespoons: The Art and Traditions of a Romantic Craft

by David Western

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History of Lovespoons: The Art and Traditions of a Romantic Craft by David Western

David Western, prominent lovespoon artist and the author of The Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons, applies his knowledge, perspective and insight to give the reader an all-encompassing view of the history of heirloom lovespoons. Discover the significance of the symbols carved into almost every handle. Filled with rich, vivid photos and historical facts and legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565236738
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Western constantly endeavors to expand the artistic boundaries of lovespoon carving. David was born in Cardiff, Wales, and now resides in Victoria, B.C., Canada. A self-taught carver, David graduated from the London College of Furniture with certification in cabinetmaking and advanced furniture design. He also holds a degree in education from the University of British Columbia.

While running a cabinetmaking shop in Victoria, David's casual interest in Welsh lovespoons grew into an overwhelming passion. Carving lovespoons to order is now his livelihood. David also teaches lovespoon carving at Camosun College in Victoria.

David specializes in complicated and delicate Celtic knotwork. He also draws ideas from Art Deco, Northwest Coast First Nations, and Islamic art forms when creating his unique designs. He keeps a foot firmly in tradition though: each of his spoons is handcarved from a single piece of wood. All of David's spoons also demonstrate the deep passion and commitment that separate genuine lovespoons from mere souvenirs.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The History of Lovespoons

Chapter 2: Lovespoon Myths

Chapter 3: Symbols

Chapter 4: Interpreting Lovespoons

Chapter 5: Making a Lovespoon

Chapter 6: Lovespoons Today - A Gallery

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