Originally given by men as an intention of marriage, the love spoon, with its rich history dating to Wales in the 1600s, can be a great gift for children, parents, friends, and romantic interests alike. The initial love spoons were carved from various wood choices (sycamore was the more popular choice) and their carvers took much time and effort to create spoons that said exactly what their intended message to the recipient was.
Today, if you are not of a crafty nature, you can purchase these spoons at various sellers online, including Welsh Gifts. Some craftsmen also take commissions to produce a love spoon that includes symbols which are personal to the couple. For true and dedicated romantics with some woodworking skill, instructions on how to carve a love spoon are available.
What do the love spoon carvings mean? See below:
Heart: the traditional symbol of love, visual expression of the statement “I give my heart to you”. Double spoons often have a heart carved into each bowl to signify the mutual exchange of promises.
Bell: hopes of wedding bells
Padlock: a promise of faithfulness, also a symbol of security
Keys: these could appear with a padlock or with a keyhole, the meaning being that the beloved was given the keys to the heart of the carver
Birds: love birds
Ball/s in a cage: the number of balls signified the number of children desired
Chain links: a wish to be together for all time
Wheel: either a ship’s wheel or a wagon wheel signified a promise to steer the relationship on a safe course
Diamond: hope for wealth or good fortune
Comma or paisley shape: the soul and a symbol of extremely deep love, “soul mates”
Spade: willingness to work
Horseshoe: good luck
Anchor: steadfastness, coming home to stay
Vine or leaves: growth of love, evergreen love, with fruit to symbolise fruitfulness
Twisted rope: oneness, union
Dragon: protection, also a symbol of Wales
Ship: smooth passage through life
Harp: music, harmony, also a symbol of Wales
Tree: strength and fertility
If you are looking for a unique and special idea that your love will cherish for a lifetime, consider the love spoon. Not only do they make wonderful gifts but the story behind the design you choose will be shared for years and years to come.