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Giant love spoon world record bid
The love spoon is being built outside Cardiff Castle
The love spoon is being built outside Cardiff Castle
A 44ft (13.41m) love spoon being carved outside Cardiff Castle is due to be completed in the next few days.

Ed Harrison from Pontsian, Ceredigion, is attempting to break the world record for the largest wooden spoon which currently stands at 25ft 9in (7.86m).

Using a chainsaw, Mr Harrison is carving the spoon out of a felled Red Cedar tree from the Caerphilly area.

It has taken him over a week to finish the spoon which features a heart, cage, dragon and links, all symbolising love.

Welsh love spoons, which date back to the 17th Century, were traditionally given as a declaration of love or to commemorate a marriage, anniversary or birth.

But Mr Harrison admitted he does not know what his giant one will be used for.

Ed Harrison
We've had lots of people looking and wondering what it is - some people thought it was a catapult,
Ed Harrison

"I haven't got any plans for it yet," he said.

"If it is successful I might try and show it off a bit, but I don't really know yet."

Mr Harrison is used to carving large love spoons, and in The Wales Centre opposite the castle where he is creating his new spoon, a 22ft (6.70m) spoon he carved in 1989 is displayed.

"I made that one some years ago and I thought it was time for a change," he explained.

"I decided to do it here because it is a giant love spoon and people can see how they are made.

"We've had lots of people looking and wondering what it is - some people thought it was a catapult," he laughed.

Ed Harrison working on the giant spoon outside Cardiff Castle
Ed Harrison working on the giant spoon outside Cardiff Castle

Mr Harrison plans to transport the spoon to his workshop in west Wales to finish it off properly.

"We love what he is doing," said John Wake from The Wales Centre which sells a range of love spoons.

"It will enhance the enigma of the love spoon for one thing.

"If we could have kept it in the shop we would have, but at 44ft we just don't have the room unfortunately."

But one love spoon he does have room for is what is thought to be the one of the smallest.

Carved by Arthur Llewellyn Thomas, the tiny love spoon complete with a moving ball in a cage, is smaller than a matchstick.



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