Yew lovepoon carved by Nansi Hemming
(450mm.)

      This Welsh lovespoon was carved from one piece of yew (Taxus baccata)  and then inlaid with a motif of bog oak. Lovespoons were traditionally made by Welsh men for women they admired, thus demonstrating their devotion and skill. Yew with its variations of rich colour is a particularly beautiful wood. Bog oak is oak (Quercus petraea/robur) that has been preserved by the anaerobic and acidic environment of a marsh. It is a very hard wood to carve. Pieces many hundreds of years old are occasionally ploughed up by farmers on reclaimed land.

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