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Reduced price by $75! lovespoon as a gift is a token of affection and commitment from ancient times with examples from all over the world. The most widespread and enduring tradition began in Wales in the mid-1600s. The tradition, which continues to this day, tells us that a young man in love carved a spoon, in itself a symbol of food and plenty, to be presented to the young woman he fancied. Since romance was involved the design of the spoon often included symbols of love, protection, stability, the ability of the suitor to provide for a family, luck, prosperity and many other things. Tradition also tells us that if the young woman accepted the love spoon, she also accepted his love, so it was sort of a rural engagement ring. We don’t know if that is strictly true, but if it isn’t, it should be.

Another old courting tradition is represented by the Swedish "friar skedar", or Suitor's Spoons, also known as "friar gavor", or Suitor's Gifts. Basically these are Swedish love spoons. They differ from Welsh love spoons in that the symbology is more basic and limited and they are less ornate. Rather than being given to a prospective wife, "friar sked" were given to young ladies that the giver would like to get to know better, kind of a "going steady" gift. Because the girl might not be interested or the romance might last about as long as a Swedish summer (that's about two weeks, right?), the young man wasn't particularly interested in spending a great deal of time and effort in carving the spoon, thus the less ornate design.

I carved this love spoon from spalted maple as a fusion between the two cultures. It features a standard bowl, a heart pierced by Cupid's arrow, a diamond piercing symbolizing future wealth and prosperity. Above this are a pair of joined hearts symbolizing the union of two people. Above this is a fertility symbol, and on top is a stylized eternal flame of love. It will make a great gift for an anniversary or wedding as well as other occasions. It is about 11" long, and 2-1/4" wide.

This spoon, while similar to my Fusion Love Spoon in bass wood, is not the same. The bowl is larger, measuring 3-1/4" long by 2-1/4" wide. The details of the carving are also different.

This love spoon would make a wonderfully unique wedding, birthday or anniversary gift. It is my original design, and there is not another like it in the world. A gift of this spoon would mean so much more than something purchased in a mall.

The spoon is hand carved from maple and finished with a oil finish.

To see more of my work, please visit my shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/cowboybob?ref=si_shop

All my designs are original and are under my copyright. Do not copy.

A lovespoon makes a perfect gift for that special someone in your life.

Shipping within the Continental United States is free.

Swedish Lovespoon Maple Fusion Style Hand Carved

$200.00

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: spalted maple, food safe oil
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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