Lovespoon calendar marks end of year

Western Telegraph: Carved with pride: Kerry Thomas is pictured with the 2013 lovespoon which features world events alongside the publication of the new book by wife Jill (left) and the engagement of son David to Yolanda.
PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography
 
 (3112808) Carved with pride: Kerry Thomas is pictured with the 2013 lovespoon which features world events alongside the publication of the new book by wife Jill (left) and the engagement of son David to Yolanda. PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography (3112808)

A family's own almanac of 2013 has been crafted by father-and-son woodcarvers, Kerry and David Thomas.

Over the years, their Lovespoon Workshop, at Cold Inn, Kilgetty, has seen the creation of thousands of spoons, each telling their own story.

As an annual project, the workshop produces a special spoon to mark an event or occasion.

And Kerry and David have now completed many hours of work to shape a piece of local lime into a two feet wide bilingual lovespoon calendar to mark the 12 months just gone.

"We picked out a significant item to record each month, starting in January with a snowdrop to mark the snowfall in Pembrokeshire," explained Kerry.

"October has a picture of Postman Pat, because of the privatisation of the Royal Mail, and we come right up to date in December with a rainbow, symbolising Nelson Mandela, and also for a group of seven local churches which use the name Enfys, the Welsh word for rainbow."

Two of Kerry's family events feature on the spoon - son David's engagement to his fiancee, Yolanda, and the publication in November of the children's book, Tolshom's Dream, which is the second to be written by his wife Jill and illustrated by his daughter, Michaela Sherlock.

"It's one of the biggest spoons we have done, and it's probably taken around 100 hours," said Kerry, who made his first lovespoon in 1969 to mark his own engagement to Jill."We're really pleased with the way it has worked out. There have been some important events in our family, as well as in the wider world, and it's been nice to carve out our own piece of history."

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