About Wands

Each finished piece is a unique work of art employing numerous artistic methods such as carving, pyrography, painting, and sculpting. No trees are harmed or animals hunted in order to create any of these items; when possible materials such as fur are often recycled from vintage clothing and reclaimed from nature. All natural materials are cleaned and prepared for as safe and easy care as possible. 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. In crafting the wands I offer, a variety of primitive or ancient methods are used. Each magic wand is carefully hand crafted from natural materials. Modern adhesives to hold secure stones and decorative accents are used but otherwise methods and materials are ancient inspired. They are unique works of physical art and spiritual love, therefore never duplicated. My inspiration is taken from a variety of historical and religious references. Most often, wands and talking sticks are made from species of woods held to be sacred by the Celtic Druids. Very few of my wands are ever perfectly straight sticks because they aren't forced into shape as when machine turned; each branch used is allowed to express its own peculiarities and individual personality.

 See also: The Art of Wandmaking
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My Do's & Don'ts
I Do...
  • craft serious tools for serious use in magic and religious ceremony
  • make wands of wood with other natural materials
  • follow spiritual guidance tempered with knowledge when crafting
  • work with hand tools, some are primitive rocks and stones
  • craft ritual tools during the Constructive phase of the Moon and only in a positive mind set
  • make each wand as its own special creation, a unique work of art never duplicated
  • use re-claimed materials; some animal fur may come from vintage or antique clothing, some wand branches may have fallen from the mother tree by wind or rain
  • use environmentally friendly varnish on some creations
  • clean and heat sterilize away bacteria and insects
  • use modern adhesives; my works are inspired by ancient cultures but not intended to represent actual historic "reproductions" (unless otherwise stated in an individual item description) therefore I feel that modern adhesives are fine and very practical to use. 
I Don't....
  • harm trees or animals when harvesting materials, (bacteria and small insects are removed when I sterilize the wood)
  • make wands as toys or home decor
  • use plastic
  • craft altar tools when in a negative mood
  • mass-produce
  • make wands of copper pipes, prefabricated tubes, or hardware store dowel rods
  • use machines or turn on a lathe
  • take custom orders though special symbols or characters may be added to a wand by request for personalisation (a finished wand must call to an owner as stated in a now Pop Culture phrase ... "the wand chooses the wizard")
  • sell used wands... all of my wands are new and have not been previously used
  • show in contests, display physically, or let others handle wands... my husband and myself may wave them about to test balance, heft, and energy but we feel that testing them out in actual magick practice would open the bonding process with the wand as if it were our own to keep

Magic Core & Accents

  Many of my hand crafted wands have a magickal core and are accented with helpful stones. The method I generally use is to insert a small hand tool into the end of the wand before embedding the stone or core materials. I hollow out a tiny chamber for natural totem animal objects such as herbs, seeds, feathers, fur, bone, tooth, or claw. The "core" object is then sealed inside the wand with a pommel stone or other end cap. The user will never actually see the core, but it will lend its energy to magic use non-the-less.
 Though some would claim that JKR created the concept of a magickal "core" of a wand, myself and other wandmakers have been adding metaphysical materials to the center of wands, talking sticks, and rattle handles for many years before the birth of Harry Potter. I personally came upon the concept through Native American anthropology studies of totem uses and medicine bags, and also some ancient shamanic magic studies. I don't use pretend items like "Dragon Scales" or "Griffin Feather"; this is real magic and I use real totem animal items from real world plants and creatures such as bear, fox, wolf, deer -- just as our fore-fathers might have in days of old. A wand doesn't need to have anything at all extra inside or on it; in truth any non-rotting stick of wood will do, but it can certainly add to the confidence in one's magick making to know the physical presence of a stone or totem helper is near. Deciding upon purchasing a wand with or without a magickal core center is a matter of personal desire.

*copyright Tree Pruitt

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