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Book Giveaway: Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons

comments (33) April 19th, 2009 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Photo: courtesy of Fox Chapel Publishing

Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons, by David Western.
Fox Chapel Publishing, 2008.
$24.95; 200pp.

We recently received a copy of this book from the publisher, Fox Chapel Publishing, and are offering it to you. Leave a comment here for a chance to win.

Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons not only gives you the lowdown on carving but it also tells the history, and myths and meanings behind lovespoons. Once you’ve read about the basics including the types of wood, tools, sharpening, techniques and finishing, the author provides step-by-step instruction (accompanied by helpful photos) for carving novice, intermediate and advanced lovespoons. Also included is candid information on design and 15 different patterns for you to use or adapt. And this book is full of great photos!
Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons seems to have all the information you need to get started in carving your own lovespoon.

Leave a comment on this post by 12:00am, Monday, April 27, 2009, and you might just win this book.

A winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, April 27, 2009.


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Comments (33)

woodchic woodchic writes: Hello....this looks like a great book with lots of great information and techniques. The cover is very nicely done and your work is awesome.

Robin Renee'
Posted: 10:59 am on April 27th

woodchic woodchic writes: Hello....this looks like a great book with lots of great information and techniques. The cover is very nicely done and your work is awesome.

Robin Renee'
Posted: 10:59 am on April 27th

Nanabx Nanabx writes: I would love to learn more about the history, myths and meanings behind the lovespoons. Love the cover !
Posted: 2:27 pm on April 25th

ecunningham579 ecunningham579 writes: I'd like to win this for my husband. He loves carving wood and would have a blast with this book. Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 9:48 pm on April 24th

MTMan2 MTMan2 writes: I didn't even realize decorative spoons were a studied form. I just thought carving a spoon was one of the first projects a carver usually took on. I'm sure this would be an interesting read.
Posted: 10:43 am on April 24th

timgeri timgeri writes: OMG!! This would be so fun to try! I would love to win!

Posted: 1:22 am on April 23rd

bo5ephus bo5ephus writes: I always wanted to learn how to carve love spoons.
Posted: 12:42 pm on April 22nd

Rick in Bothwell Rick in Bothwell writes: this may be just the thing to get me to try carving.
Posted: 12:40 pm on April 22nd

Talma Talma writes: Hope I win!
Posted: 12:19 pm on April 22nd

Spudo Spudo writes: This Book sounds terrific, as a novice carver I can use all the help I can get.
Posted: 8:57 am on April 22nd

tommyd100 tommyd100 writes: Always wanted to learn this form of carving.
Posted: 1:10 am on April 22nd

tomandmollyk tomandmollyk writes: I would love to win this for my father in law. He just retired and is starting to get a wood shop going.
Posted: 4:52 pm on April 21st

mike05 mike05 writes: I am sure that i am not alone on this one, but so many things to make and so little time. yet another thing that i have wanted to make
Posted: 11:33 am on April 21st

APO APO writes: I would love to learn to carve but have never tried it because I would have no idea where to start.
Posted: 10:14 am on April 21st

LarryMarshall LarryMarshall writes: I've only been carving (caricatures) for a couple months but I love these lovespoons and want to give one a try. THis book looks great.
Posted: 7:58 pm on April 20th

Makadad Makadad writes: I'm looking at moving into hand carving, so I'd love a chance to get my hands on a good book!
Posted: 4:45 pm on April 20th

dmsw dmsw writes: Dave does absolutely incredible carvings: we have been fans & admirers for many, many years.
we even have one of his very early efforts, & one other more recent.
Posted: 1:52 pm on April 20th

FrankinAz FrankinAz writes: Love the cover , this a book i'll put on my wish list for upcoming fathers day.
Posted: 12:58 pm on April 20th

gaabi gaabi writes: I edit David Western's blog at:

-- where you can follow David's step-by-step process on creating a spoon for the Left Coast Eisteddfod, a Welsh-American performing arts festival in Portland, Oregon in August 2009.

David is an amazing artist, who takes each piece he makes seriously and with great care, and he's also a pretty nice guy who's happy to share what's he's learned and developed with other people. He's very happy to hear about other people trying their hand at lovespoons and likes to hear other people's successes.
Posted: 12:56 pm on April 20th

okpik okpik writes: Go place to start gleaning new woodworking information.
Posted: 11:54 am on April 20th

remyers remyers writes: Just carved my first lovespoon a short time ago, and am hooked! Would love a book like this!
Posted: 11:15 am on April 20th

Tyblack Tyblack writes: Wow this looks like a great gift idea that can use off cuts and scrap. I'll have to pick one of these up.
Posted: 11:10 am on April 20th

goodwood goodwood writes: I've recently started spoon carving with hewing hatchet, bent knives, and sloyd knife and would love to learn more about carving more detailed spoons like these. Thanks! —Kari
Posted: 11:01 am on April 20th

tomwjr tomwjr writes: Nice, Count me in!
Posted: 10:16 am on April 20th

emvark emvark writes: How pretty they are -- I never heard of them! Thanks for the chance :)
Posted: 11:36 pm on April 19th

sk2tobin sk2tobin writes: I have never carved before but I was looking at getting started. This looks like an excellent way to get started and I am sure that the wife would love it.
Posted: 11:35 pm on April 19th

just wanted to know just wanted to know writes: Not sure what a lovespoon is. This book might help me with that! Hey throw me a bone I never win anything.
Posted: 10:18 pm on April 19th

AsTheNight AsTheNight writes: I've never seen lovlier spoons - I'd take up carving if I could learn to make them!
Posted: 9:44 pm on April 19th

ClintB ClintB writes: My wife and I have been married for 50 years. Carving a love spoon would be a nice way to show my love--ClintB
Posted: 5:25 pm on April 19th

hubiedoo517 hubiedoo517 writes: Any chance to add to my woodworking arsenal is good. I am a self taught woodworker, learning through books and magazines for the most part. Thanks for the chance to win the book. I can use all the help I can get in carving.

Hubert Kunnemeyer

Posted: 11:44 am on April 19th

Cubby Cubby writes: Oops!. I forgot to add the link: Here it is

Posted: 11:12 am on April 19th

Cubby Cubby writes: Here is my first carving project, thanks to T.J. Mcdermott and FW.
Posted: 11:10 am on April 19th

Cubby Cubby writes: Wow! This looks like a great book. I first carved after reading an article in FW (Letter Carving Basics by T.J. McDermott. It was a sign for our office. It took me about 100 hours to complete. A book on carving will further improve my knowledge, and therefore, my skills.
Posted: 10:51 am on April 19th

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