Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rowan and Plum Wood Tribal Fairy Wand

Tip and center portions of Tribal Fairy Wand by Tree Pruitt
The tip & center of the wand.
This wand was crafted from two different types of wood. The top portion, without tree bark, is the fruitful plum tree for abundance and the sweetness of magic. The lower portion is the sacred Rowan of the Druid and Fairy folk tales. With red bark and partner sage green lichen, the design emerges from the natural. The two sections of wood have been carefully hand joined into a single sturdy, yet delicate, wand to represent the magic of two worlds combined; the mundane human and magickal Fey. The entire wand has been coated with environmentally friendly varnish to protect the bark surfaces. 
Name of Wand: Tribal Fairy Wand
Main Materials: rowan wood, plum wood, quartz crystal & amethyst gem
Item #: hm02
Length: 9" long
Available: No

Rowan and Plum Wood Tribal Fairy Wand by Tree Pruitt
The entire wand is shown.
 A wand of rowan is known to be used in binding spells and to remove spirits or ghosts. The two types of wood further represent the concept of, "two coming together", by their original growing locations; the Rowan wood is from the Western USA and the Plum wood from the Eastern. The fine point tip holds a polished clear quartz crystal pebble, well fitted into place. Further down, a natural amethyst gem stone has been embedded into the wood grain; The shape is near to a triangle, pointing the dreamy energies of amethyst to do the wielders bidding. The handle end is uncapped and signed by the artist with a simple letter "T". The wood burned band, on the same end, could be used to tie colorful ribbons or beads for special events. No power tools were used, except for the electric pyrography wood burning tool; all work done by hand.

Rowan and Plum Wood Tribal Fairy Wand by Tree Pruitt
The wand shown facing the other direction

Slender Plum Wood Wand

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This sleek wand is crafted from a plum wood stick that was lovingly pruned from a tree that I grew. The slender form fits comfortably in a small hand. I carefully capped the projection end with a small clear quartz crystal point. Both ends of the wand are sealed and smoothed with natural Paperclay product for a tidy finish. Having been a young branch it has no thorns but still retains the plum red bark. Acrylic paint was carefully matched to the natural color of the bark so as to visually blend the pale colored Paperclay into the wand. The surface was then coated with a clear protective varnish, which also gives the wand a nice buffed shine.

Magic Uses: This wand can be used in rites of protection, fertility, creativity, healing, dispersing evil and/or negative energy, said to be an all-purpose magic general use wood especially for an artist or other creative person, and also within self-help magic.

Name of Wand: Slender Plum Wood Wand
My Item #: HM030
Craftsperson: Tree Pruitt
Primary Materials: Plum wood, quartz crystal
Size: 13" 1/4" inches long.
Finish: low gloss protective clear varnish
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The wood that I craft my wands from is always ethically gathered, such as those that the wind has brought down or that come from general yard maintenance -- no trees are ever harmed for harvesting. I do not use power tools -- all of the work is done by hand. I only use branches and twigs that are free of disease, and not previously "dead", so that the wood remains strong. Heat is used to both sanitize and temper green wood, which further adds to the strength. Because they come from Nature no two of my handmade wands can ever be the same.

All of the spiritual ritual tools that I craft are always only worked on in a positive environment with a ritual mind-set using the highest quality materials possible for heirloom quality authenticity.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Deer Mink Oak Wand

 A white oak tree had been struck by lightning on a Full Moon night felling a branch to the ground. I was able to ethically and spiritually collect the wood to craft into a variety of ritual tools. This project was a Native American inspired style wand of that oak wood with a raw amethyst crystal tip. The pommel end is a sturdy fusion of a Pacific Mule Deer antler tip with the wood. I accented it with hand trimmed mink fur and a supple leather tassel with vintage ceramic glass pony beads in purple and white.

13" Amethyst, Oak, and Mink Wand by Tree Pruitt

Below is shown the natural irregular crystal form of the genuine amethyst tip. This richly colored stone was not heat treated for color -- I know because I cleaned the soil from it myself. It was quite exciting to use a gem specimen that I'd collected in America for a Native American inspired wand; it felt good for the project overall, and the owner was quite pleased too.

The final photo below shows the pommel end more closely; The pencil is shown for size comparison. Trimming the long dark hairs from a strip of reclaimed mink fur exposed the soft cocoa colored fluff of the undercoat. The antler is held onto the wand by a pin on the inside. I hand drilled a hole into each of the materials and inserted a small metal rod with some adhesive to join the halves very firmly into a whole. The antler was finished off by trimming and sanding to smoothly match-up with the diameter of the wood. It is not an easy thing to cut antler by hand! After having crafted this wand I gained a greater respect for those crafters who'd lived before the advent of power tools, but as always it was well worth the effort!

Starting with Blanks

I start all of my wands with ethically gathered sticks and branches that I've cut to length. Most will be set onto a tray for baking at a low temperature in order to sterilize them, especially if the bark will be left on the sticks.

The ends may be carved, rounded, or left in the raw. Small branch off-shoots make great places to tie on thongs of leather with feathers, charms, or beads for an owner to create personal touches.

This image shows unfinished wands. Some keep the tree bark on, some are de-barked, and some have twists or a spiral created by a partner vine having grown around the branch, such as with the honeysuckle wand shown in this photograph.

Wood types shown on this page are white ash above, twisted honeysuckle, oak, pin oak. Because I craft with wood that Spirit brings my way, rather than cutting trees apart, availability of species varies a lot. I enjoy the extra challenge that adds to creative flow and, it gives Spirit a greater opportunity to work through me, reaching out to that someone in need of a special ritual tool.