was born in the Ogmore Valley in October 1959.
Siôn began carving Lovespoons at the age of twelve. His interest in the art began when his elder
sister was given a Lovespoon by her then boyfriend. Being an inquisitive boy, Siôn enquired as to
the relevance of the gift. He was then provided
with a brief explanation as to the tradition and custom of Lovespoon making. With this in mind Siôn went along to the
local grocery store and acquired the side of a discarded orange box (yes, they
were made of wood in those days). Armed
with his penknife, Siôn began to fashion his first Lovespoon. On completion of the spoon Siôn proudly
presented it to his mother who cherished it for her lifetime.
parents, acknowledging his interest, knew of the local renowned Lovespoon
maker, Len Evans and introduced Siôn to him. Len explained in detail the fine art of
Lovespoon making, identifying the symbols which may be depicted on a Lovespoon. He also demonstrated the techniques and the methods
in which Lovespoons are traditionally made. Enthused with Len’s passion Siôn continued to develop
his skills, self taught, using the same traditional symbols and methods to
create the unique Lovespoons that he produces today.
leaving school Siôn was suitably talented to gain an apprenticeship with Merlin
Madog, the renowned local harp maker. This
enhanced his passion for craft and woodworking.
While undertaking the apprenticeship Siôn attended college, gaining his
City and Guilds qualification in Cabinet Making. Siôn designed and made his own Harp, winning
the National Eisteddfod of Wales craft section proving his prowess and demonstrating
his competence in the technical craft of harp making.
extensive skills and experience gained Siôn furthered his career with a company
producing replica scientific instruments. Again the work was precise with emphasis on
the high quality of the finished product. After several years the company relocated, Siôn
then obtained employment as an instructor in Furniture and Cabinet Making
passing on his skills to apprentices.
Siôn’s employment he utilised his spare time making Lovespoons and attending
various craft fairs and exhibitions in Wales where he sold his unique
Lovespoons. He also undertook special
commissions on a regular basis. Due to this
success and complementary comments from customers Siôn decided in 1997 the time
was right to start his own business focussing on the art of Lovespoon
making. The company has grown steadily
over the years trading through numerous quality Welsh retail outlets. In 2015 his early mentor, Merlyn Madocks the
harp maker, with whom he began his working life sadly passed away. Siôn took over his workshop in Pontycymmer
where he now carves his spoons.
continues to supply the outlets although
now mainly undertakes special commissions
some of which are exported to countries around the World.
continues to strive to keep the true tradition of Lovespoon making alive with a
passion and pride that is clearly distinguished in each Lovespoon he produces.
'Apprentice Of The Year' Bridgend College 1975
Eisteddfod Winner' Craft Section 1974
has participated in a number of television programmes for example 'Ade In
Britain' (2013) and the 'Science Of Love' (2016) - a programme developed for
S4C to celebrate St Dwynwen's Day.
October 2017 Siôn was invited as a guest of Japan to demonstrate his skills and
inform the Japanese people of the tradition of the Lovespoon. Siôn spent two weeks in a number of locations
in Japan enjoying the Japanese hospitality and culture. The Japanese people were enthused by the Lovespoons
and made many purchases.
books have been written on the subject and origination of the Lovespoon some of
which include articles on Siôn's original creative work and photographs.
A Gallery of Spoons By Norman Stevens
The Fine Art Of Carving Lovespoons by David Western
A History Of Lovespoons by David Western
Traditional Spoon Carving In Wales By