Celtic knotwork symbolises eternity, thus it greatly enriches the meaning behind any symbol it is featured alongside.
The style of art has been prevalent within a variety of cultures through time, but it is most famously associated with Celtic culture. Whilst there are many ancient examples of the ornate art style, it is still a very popular style that is widely used and recognised today.
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The process of making a love spoon includes many hours for design as well as the actual time involved in carving and finishing of each spoon. The wood most widely used in carving our range of Welsh love spoons is Limewood and is sourced from Monmouthshire, south Wales. The wood is pale in colour and very uniform in character. It is lighter and easier to carve than walnut or oak, it is easily worked, and has very little grain, and a density of 560kg per cubic metre. It is a very popular wood for intricate carving, and is a favourite of Paul Curtis. When Paul makes a love spoon, the wood is hand selected and cut to a manageable length and thickness to allow the carving to begin. Once a rough outline of the design is made, the tedious task of carving each detailed symbol begins. One slip of the hand and the process starts again. Once he has hand carved the love-spoon it is sanded three time with different grades of sandpaper and polished twice with beeswax. “This is a painstaking way to finish a love-spoon,” says Paul, “but is the only way to achieve a quality smooth silky finish that the Welsh love-spoon deserves”. A hand rubbed stain is then applied and it is allowed to dry. Later a beeswax is applied by hand, the spoon is hand polished and the cards are attached. It is the attention to detail and the pride in their work that makes Angel Woodcraft love spoons a treasured keepsake.