- robot: i don't understand. what is... love?
- scientist: oh... well. i. love is-
- robot: ahahaha i'm just fucking with you. anyway i found some cool swords online i want you to buy for me
A wand that I’ve been very excited to post recently, in all honesty. This is a piece made from elder wood, fourteen and a half inches in length with the pretense of dragon core. The wand is stained with pine finish and brushed off with a coating of beeswax spray, although this is not what exults me.
Four months ago in the previous April, during the course of my school term, I had met a friend who had wanted a wand from me, having been familiar with my work. I sat her down and wrote the Pottermore wand questionnaire out for her from memory, collected her answers and then found that these were the details for her suited wand. As I was in a time that claimed me busy, I wasn’t able to pursue her wand just yet until the summer came.
I have never worked with elder until this moment, now. When thoughts would arise on how to create an elder wand, should a customer come to me with such a wand-wood, I knew in theory what I must do to be successful with this task. One of the reasons why elder is such an announced “useless” wood (in the non-magical sense, I should mention) is because the core of elder branches is plentiful of a soft substance known as “pith”, which is a dry spongy material that gives the bough some little stability.
Pith can be eaten, as an after thought, although when accomplishing elder wood (a deciduous shrub) for wands, this is my practical follow-out; I cut a large straight branch roughly 6 inches in width (the choosing is paramount, as most of the branches croon or curve), pass it through a machine (with the help of my father) so that the branch is cut into two vertical pieces (a process known as ‘ripping’, I’ve learned) and work from here. I’m accustomed to using branches by starting out in rotational manner, although with this wand-wood I began carving the sharp edges first, giving the flat plane of the wood a triangular form before finally carving it into a cylindrical shape.
This was a rather informative wand for me on my potential, and when reading up on the lore for elder wood, these wands are very righteous indeed; a reason to be so proud that they demand an owner equal or higher to itself. It’s even believed, Ollivander writes, by some wandmakers that the wood is deeply unlucky and is to be avoided, even worked with, in the matter of wands — to which he actively disagrees.
I can’t gain pride from that fantastical piece, I just can’t. Anyway, the wand is sold and not in my hands anymore.
This wand is no. 96, commissioned by Brandon J. as a gift for a loved one. At 13 3/4” long, I carved this wand by hand from a piece of solid maple using only whittling knives and gouges, sanded, stained (with pretty much every color I own), and sealed with two coats of satin finish varnish. It is inspired by Gandalf’s staff from LotR. The runes on the wand are carved (not burned) Anglo-Saxon, and say “endure.”
Completed July 2013.
Photo and wand © Praeclarus Wands, do not repost, copy, or use without express permission.
This wand has been made for my friend Karl, who I had previously carved an ebony, 12 and and half inch wand for, however after re-familiarizing myself with his original wand, I felt obligated to begin again; the shaft had developed a prominent fissure, and the branch I once chose was rather convex. These are my reasons for the production of this same wand, with consideration of it’s details.
The ebony in my area is admittedly not true ebony; there are trees known as laburnum (foliage above) with tender toothed leaves and catkin pods. The colloquial term for this wood is known as ‘false ebony’. Curious about these trees are it’s defining characteristics for mature branches and sapling ones; when growing, laburnum wood develops an increasing amount of fine brown core, circum-circled by a more ivory wood, which is all one can find in the young branches. The grain of this core is remarkably durable and hard, even so that during carving the chips appear to break away from the wood rather than peel.
Laburnum also has a rather fond scent of cucumber when the ribbed jungle-green epidermis is carved away. I procured the design of the wand from the techniques I’ve been finding rather useful lately, giving an ornate and opal appearance. The wand is now to it’s owner.