Our local stores offer artichoke hearts in a can. This makes it much easier...I grew those once in the garden.
After months of careful tending to them and reading all about preparation, I set about the task.
Attacks with pliers, scissors and tweezers in industrial gloves still resulted in severely punctured fingers from the damn spines.
By the time we got to the edible bits, there was just about enough to feed a mouse.
Needless to say, we never bothered again.