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Welsh Love Spoons
If you’re looking for a really special Valentines Day, Wedding Day, engagement or Anniversary present, handmade Welsh Love Spoons, tokens of love, affection and romance, must be one of the loveliest traditional crafts in the world. Given by men in courtship as far back as the 16th century, or earlier, Welsh Love Spoons are crafted from a single piece of wood, to indicate the hard work and skill of the carver.
The spoons themselves were and are a symbol of the ability to provide sustenance or nourishment, and there were lots of different symbols incorporated into the designs to show the suitor’s intentions, and understanding of the requirements for marriage. Some of the most classic symbols are shown in the above image.
Make Your Own Virtual Love Spoon
The Welsh Love spoon Gallery at Mumbles, South Wales, is a well loved tourist attraction and the only one of it’s kind dedicated to Welsh Love spoons, housing the largest collection of them in the world, all made by Wales’ best carvers.
But you don’t need to go there! You can buy from them online right here. Each Love Spoon is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by one of Wales’ best carvers, and comes with a Story Card explaining the history and symbols.
St. Dwynwen’s Day.
Today, the 25th of January, is St. Dwynwen’s Day! Saint Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Celebrated in Wales, St. Dwynwen’s Day is like the Welsh version of St. Valentines Day! Read the lovely story of the life of Welsh heroine St. Dwynwen here!
Welsh Love Spoons can given for St. Dwynwen’s Day in Wales and they can also be given for weddings, valentines day, engagements, wedding anniversaries and christenings and more, and you can just have one for yourself on your living room or kitchen wall, as a symbol of contented family life.
A Safe Place.
Welsh Love Spoons were and are, like a love letter or card in symbols. Words and languages themselves are just strings of symbols that people have agreed and learned mean specific things. And lot of countries and cultures have some words that describe a concept central to how that culture thinks and feels. The most well known Welsh word like that is ‘cwtch’. The English pronunciation being ‘cutch’.
Cwtch has two meanings, and it can be used as a noun or a verb. A cwtch as a ‘noun’ or a ‘thing’ is an especially loving hug or cuddle, given either by a spouse, parent, or even a close friend. To use the word as a ‘verb,’ which means as ‘something people are doing’ you could say that a couple were ‘cwtching up’ or ‘cwtched up’ by the fire.
But it can also mean a cubby hole, a place to put or stash things, like a ‘coal cwtch’ or ‘the dog’s cwtch’, the place where the dog stays.
So the lovely combined meaning of ‘cwtch,’ is ‘a safe place’. I think anyone can understand how well that describes what it’s like to be really loved, and to be in a really loving, nurturing relationship.
You can buy a Welsh Love Spoon for yourself or to express your love for someone special, for your valentine, for your own home, for a Christmas or Mothers Day gift, for a new baby, a new mum, a retirement present, or for a couple on their engagement or wedding anniversary here.
Watch this cool video below! Please share this if you liked it or learned anything from it!
… and “Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen Hapus!” (Hippy St. Dwynwen’s Day!)