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Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons by David Western (Fox Chapel Publishing $24.95)

Initially stimulated by his casual interest in Welsh lovespoons, self- taught craftsman David Western now teaches lovespoon carving at Camosun College and makes his living primarily by carving lovespoons to order.

His Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons is a guide to the enduring craft of presenting ornate spoons as a token of affection. In addition to three step-by-step projects that provide all the fundamentals artists need to get started, Western offers a detailed study of the lovespoonís history, symbolism and evolution. Western specializes in Celtic knotwork, but also incorporates Islamic, Art Deco and Northwest Coast First Nations art forms. Photography of modern-day and ancient lovespoons is provided with the text. His book has been commended by the curator of the St. Faganís Natural History Museum in Wales, reputedly the origin of the lovespoon.

[Fox Chapel Publishing, 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520] $24.95 US. 978-1-56523-374-4

[BCBW 2009] "Art"