Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday's Treasure

Finally decided to put this photo on Tuesday's Treasure hosted by Mel at The House on the side of the Hill ( sorry don't know how to put in a link) This is a very special wedding gift that the father of my best friend in England made for hubby and me. It's carved from a single piece of English oak ( the heart of the oak) and the links are all free as are the balls in the column. For many years wooden, handcarved lovespoons have been given as gifts of love and high esteem says David Western in an intro for "The Fine Art of carving Lovespoons"I know that the carver of our spoon spent many nights at the kitchen table painstakingly working with this piece of wood and as he is no longer with us I treasure it even more. This was truly a gift from the heart. As an aside, he had previously carved one for his daughter and spent the whole of the wedding with this parcel under his arm, not letting it out of his clutch. When he did his father of the bride speech he presented it to her with a great flourish. As you can imagine there was not a dry eye in the house as it was a complete surprise to all but his ever suffering wife ( she had to make do without her kitchen table )
You can see why this means so much to me as I feel that he saw me as another daughter and it also connects me back to my birthplace being English oak.


  1. What a wonderful gift. I can understand why you treasure it so much. It is completely beautiful as a work of art and with the poignant story it is priceless. Thanks for sharing Liz.

  2. What a precious treasure you have here and such wonderful memories attached.
    It's incredible and almost unbelievable that someone could carve this from one piece of timber.
    My Nan has one she was given by a family in Ireland - they are amazing.
    Have a wonderful week.

  3. An amazing gift... it is hard to imagine how it ws done... very special

  4. This is amazing Liz, I'll have to take a look when I come to visit you tomorrow. No wonder it is special to you. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow , how beautiful and simply amazing how this is carved from one piece of wood a real artist at work !Your rainbow it gorgeous , you know I don't know of anything more beautiful in nature than a rainbow , I wasn't able to comment under that post for some reason so wanted to let you know I really loved the picture .hugs Sheila