This is very vague, but does anyone remember a story where Spike has a court, and Xander is (I think) his pet, maybe his consort, and does wood-carving that everyone in the court loves? I think it was considered a mark of favor to receive one of his carvings. And that is, literally, all I can remember.
Thanks for any and all help, folks.
Found - Yup, it's Toys, by Litgal. Thanks to everyone for all their help. I truly appreciate it. You're the best.