Bowl Turners and Spoon Carvers
Author: Jenkins, J. Geraint
Source: Folk Life - Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 1, 1963 , pp. 35-42(8)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:In rural West Wales, the sycamore tree is a conspicuous element in the landscape, for although it rarely grows in plantations, coppices and natural forests, it occurs everywhere in farm hedgerows, as animal shelterbelts and on the banks of the numerous rushing streams. Indeed, sycamore is one of the few trees that can withstand the great force of the salt laden winds that blow in from the Irish Sea. For many centuries the sycamore tree has provided the raw material for a number of important village woodcrafts whose fame has spread far beyond the boundaries of Wales. The most important of these crafts were those of bowl turning, the carving of wooden spoons and the manufacture of all kinds of dairy equipment, ranging from carved butter prints to coopered cheese vats.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1963-01-01