Wikipedia: The heart shape is an ideograph used to express the idea of the “heart” in its metaphorical or symbolic sense as the center of emotion, including affection and love.
“Touch has a memory.” –John Keats
“Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn life around.” –Leo F. Buscaglia
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” –William Shakespeare
“Touch is fundamental to the human experience.” –The Remarkable Power of Touch, posted by Karen Young.
“Your carved hearts have comforted my 100+ year old aunt who died. When she was in hospice she would not let go of it, her daughter buried her with it. Then my brother just died, when I went to visit him 20 January, he was holding one of your hearts. Your carvings have been a deep blessing; please continue to carve.” –A repeat customer from Massachusetts.
“Your hands are blessed; I give your hearts to my patients” –A Therapist from NY.
Repeat and first time visitors purchase hearts as gifts for friends and family.
This year alone, 2019, I have carved over 200 hearts for incentive groups visiting the island on trips sponsored by their corporations.
There are thousands of owners, -children and adults- all over the world enjoying the hand-carved hearts and other touch forms by me.
Hearts has been around since the Bronze Age, introduced by the Indus Valley civilization in the Northwestern region of South Asia. One theory suggests the origin of the heart symbol can be traced back to an ancient plant called silphium, used to grow on the North African coastline near the Greek colony of Cyrene.
The modern definition of the heart shape is an ideograph used to express the idea of the heart, symbolizing love and affection but not limited to romantic love. Silphium whose seed resembles the heart shape was a plant used by the Greeks and Romans as a spice, medicine, and a form of birth control. It’s popularity may have led to its extinction by the first century AD. Other theories associate the heart shape to the ivy and water lilly leaves. Others associate it to popular parts of the human body. The heart shape once represented the heart-shaped fruit of the plant silphium.
Today, all over the world, the heart symbolizes romantic love. The first known depiction of a heart shape as a symbol of love was in the 1250s, in the novel, Romance of the Pear, but things are speculative that it could have been a pear or pine cone shaped object. There are other speculations.
The heart shape became a symbol of love because of the belief the heart is connected with emotion and pleasure. The first Valentine card appeared in 1870 and Valentine cards still uses the heart as a symbol of love and affection.
About 20 years ago, the Devonish touch forms underwent a transformation. My wife collects hearts. One day she suggested I should make some hearts. Now the sale of hearts exceed other organic shapes, 9 to 1
The Devonish hearts have added another dimension of caring, stress relief, and desire for healing.