A Pembrokeshire love story
In 1969 a man proposed to a woman with a hand carved love spoon, a long held tradition in Wales.
It was made from a hardwood called Teak and depicted a single empty heart, above which the carvers initials K T were inscribed.
The year after he carved another spoon, and another.
Kerry Thomas married Jill (and carved another spoon) in 1971 and The Lovespoon Workshop was born.
Kerry has been carving a commemorative spoon every year since, as well as thousands of others for visitors to take home to their loved ones.
With Valentine’s Day approaching Kerry and his son David were hard at work hand carving their orders when we arrived but were happy to show us around and explain the intricate work that goes into each spoon.
A spoon can be made from almost any wood and the carvings along its length can represent anything you’d like. For example, Kerry’s first spoon, the engagement spoon, had an empty heart, but he was hopeful it would be filled! The wedding spoon had his and Jill’s initials within the heart. Later on he carved a spoon with his children’s names.
Wales is home to some of the oldest lovespoons in the world, a spoon from 1667 is currently held at the National Museum of Wales and although spoons have been carved by lots of cultures across the globe, the Welsh are the best known for this skillful tradition.
The giving, and receiving, of a uniquely carved lovespoon on Valentines day would be the perfect end to a romantic break in Pembrokeshire.
So bag yourself a romantic retreat; a cosy cottage or seaview hotel, stroll hand in hand across the beach at sunset, sample some of the best food in the country, then give your beloved a lovespoon.
Happy Valentines Day / Diwrnod San Ffolan Hapus.
P.S. Don't forget to order your lovespoon.
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