Welsh Love Spoons Craft
I'm a Guide and Ranger Guider from the UK. I thought I'd
suggest a Welsh craft for you. The Welsh make Love Spoons carved out of
wood to give as a token of love, affection or friendship. Commonly given
on birthdays, christenings, Christmas, confirmation, weddings, anniversaries,
births... There are loads of different symbols you can incorporate to say
what you mean, like daffodils, hearts, crosses, chains, bells, wheels.
My Guides carved them on St. David's Day (1st March, he's the patron
saint of Wales) out of soap (its easier than wood). We used knives to carve
with (table / butter knives not sharp ones), but only because I didn't
have time to think of something safer. The soap needs to be about the same
temperature as a girl's hand to become easy to carve. The best way to carve
is to scrape soap away with the blade of the knife - trying to stick the
knife into the soap tends to cause it to break.
There's a great web site at http://www.lovespoons.co.uk
which has lots of pictures and an explanation of all the symbols. I printed
off all their pictures to give the girls some ideas.
Guider with 1st Hurst Guides and Rangers, and Commissioner for Loddon
District, in Berkshire, UK.
Do you have any other ideas for activities?
The GuideZone Team with your
comments or suggestions!
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