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« Topic Start: August 04, 2009, 03:17:58 pm »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

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« Reply #1: August 04, 2009, 03:58:49 pm »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW

I make wands.  I do sometimes cut, but when I do, it's always because the branch needs pruning, anyway, and I confess to having a process that is a bit more elaborate than most.

I go out the day before cutting and ask the trees I need to cut for permission, then make offerings to the tree.  The next morning I come back to make my cuts.  I only take a few branches from any tree, unless the tree is to be removed for some reason.

The "wand blanks" are taken home and laid out where they can dry slowly for no less than a year.  If I'm planning to strip the bark, I do that green, as it is harder when they're dry.  I mark all bundles with the species of tree, too, because a year later, you can easily mistake one for another by sight.

After the wood is properly aged and dry, I can begin working on carving it.  You don't want to work green wood, because as it dries, it might crack, and you wouldn't want that to ruin your artistry.  If you're wanting the wand to be basically just a natural stick, you can remove the stubs of twigs, smooth the ends and rub in a little oil to help preserve the wood, and begin using it right away, but for more elaborate wands, you'll want to age it so that any cracks that develop can be worked around in the finished design.

As for what to do to "make it a wand", I do a consecration of the wand(s) to their dedicated purpose(s).  I try to make certain that the wood selected corresponds to the purpose I'm needing. 
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« Reply #2: August 04, 2009, 04:27:20 pm »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW

I remember when I had all of these questions.  Actually, in the scheme of things it wasn't really all that long ago.  Now, specifics may depend upon your tradition.  Some may require that the wood be obtained from certain trees at a certain time in a certain way, with specific rituals for the asking of permission, for the cutting of a branch, and for the offering of thanks.  Some have particular rituals and processes for the carving of a wand from the wood, and what to do with the wood shavings and scraps.  It's become a cliché to say so, but I have to say that unless your path gives you these guidelines, it really just comes down to what feels right.

I have always made my wands.  I am on my third.  It's a Tamarisk.  My first two were of Beech wood.  My first two were taken from fallen branches, this new one, right off of the tree.  If anything, the sources I've come across suggest cutting from the tree (after asking permission, of course).  Once the branch is cut, though, there's no real energetic difference.  Both a cut branch and a fallen branch were once, but no longer, a part of a tree.  The difference I have noticed is in the ease of carving.  A freshly cut branch is much easier to work with than one that's been hardening and curing for weeks.  

That said, I suppose you COULD use a branch as is, but for me personally it's never felt right.  I have always at the very least stripped off the bark and tapered one end to a point.  It doesn't feel complete otherwise.  It's like it's just a stick.  My Tamarisk wand is not yet finished, but my last wand I burned runes into and annointed with oil.  

The correct answer is really that you need to put as much effort into it as you feel you need to.
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« Reply #3: August 04, 2009, 05:43:14 pm »

Hi everyone,
I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW
Well I have an interesting story to tell.  I got my willow wand from my favorite willow tree in this park I like to go to not too far from where I live now.  I was very poor at the time and I only had a bunch of change in my pocket.  I took the dead branch from the tree and humbly thanked the tree out loud and I offered up what little change I had left for the tree as an offering because that was all I had to give at the time.  I did it a little begrudgingly because it was the last of my money and I wanted to get something to eat but I knew that the world would pay me back.  A few weeks later some magic money came my way and I was able to pay off some bills.  And what I mean by that is money that I wasn't expecting to come from places that I didn't ask for and it was a gift from the Gods, at least that is how I took it and I was able to pay bills as I said.  Just in time for when I needed it the most!
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« Reply #4: August 04, 2009, 10:01:33 pm »

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I stumbled across my wand in a store, I wasn't looking for a wand, and didn't consider it something necessary, but when I found it, it pulled me so strongly I was shocked. Never had that happen before or since. I didn't even want a wand at the time, but I figured I could use it to stir herbs or something. Moves energy very nicely. It's very kitchen-witchey and organic, not straight at all, and the end is shaped almost like a very small, flat wooden spoon.  It's cherry, took HOURS online to figure that out, which a landscaper confirmed in two seconds, sigh.

All of that to say follow your gut. Good luck!
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« Reply #5: August 06, 2009, 12:28:15 am »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW
I have made wands and bought wands, and I prefer my bought wand over the ones I made, but that is really by personal choice. When it comes to buying wands, always always always wait until the right one comes along before spending the money. However, if you feel that making a wand is more suited for you, then by all means- do so.

As for myself, when making wands, I will look around at the trees nearby, and see if any of them have a suitable branch for me, or if any nice branches are on the ground. I tend not to pick up branches off of the ground because they have a nasty habit of being infested with bugs, and that doesn't work well. From there, I ask the tree to allow me the branch. I usually do a short meditation, and leave an offering. If I start to cut the branch, and it doesn't feel like it will come off easily, I take that as a sign of "No" and don't continue any further. Also, I only take one branch from each tree per year. Never anything more than that.

As for the drying process, that depends on the branch, sometimes it only takes a couple weeks, other times it can take a couple months. From there, I will decide whether to strip the bark, and how to adorn the wand. Sometimes I use crystals, cording or wire to accentuate the handle, but I let the wand tell me what would look well on it. From there, I sand things down, glue things on if need be, and sometimes I'll use a spray sealant, to keep the wood sealed and looking nice. However, I really want to try using an all natural wax one day.

That's my basic process. I can give you further details if need be. Best of luck!
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« Reply #6: August 06, 2009, 01:32:39 am »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW


I am in the process of making a willow wand too.  A big storm came yesterday and blew a lot of limbs from our willow tree.  In the process of cleaning up the mess I found a perfect wand.  I have a shell that I am planning to attach to the end.  As far as anything else goes, I consecrate mine with oil and consecrated water.  That's just my way, though.
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« Reply #7: August 06, 2009, 05:27:46 pm »


Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it? 


Actually neither - I was wandering along a beach that I  had spent many happy hours on as a child when I spied a piece of driftwood.... it was wand length, nicely tapered, about the right thickness... In other words just perfect!
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« Reply #8: August 06, 2009, 06:28:29 pm »

 I made a wand only once, from a fallen brach I found, I decorate it with some special wire I had then and some feathers I found in near by the same area I found the wand... I blessed it, but I don't use a wand anymore, my sister took it and she likes to keep it in her room and sometimes take it to some places in her bag or purse, ( is a small wand, not longer than a hand), but she has some other wands that she made herself, bigger and with different shapes, but always from fallen branches.
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« Reply #10: August 07, 2009, 07:18:34 am »

The correct answer is really that you need to put as much effort into it as you feel you need to.

Thank you everyone for your replies, it's interesting to see how everyone came across their wand in a different way, yet it's right for them.  I think I am leaning more towards making my own, but there's no rush.  I want to keep it fairly simple.  I love the stories where people's wands seem to find them rather than the other way round, i'd love it if that happened Smiley

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« Reply #12: August 07, 2009, 09:42:56 pm »

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it? 

I kind of late to the party.  You've already gotten some excellent advice on your wand decisions, but I just wanted to share my wand story.  I was walking on the beach on a balmy Yule eve day(which is unusual in itself, I live in No. Michigan), when I spyed a piece of birch about 5 feet back from the water's edge.  Perfect wand size, but I wasn't really looking for a wand.  I continued down the beach, collecting shells and soaking up the sun, turned around at the edge of the park and started back, past the branch one more time.  I deposited my shells and rocks in my backpack and was getting ready to leave, but couldn't bring myself to-until I had gone back and picked up that birch branch.

I don't really use a wand in my rituals, but it has a place of honor on my shrine shelf.   
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« Reply #13: August 12, 2009, 02:15:26 am »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

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« Reply #14: August 12, 2009, 03:13:45 am »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW
I personally made my own wand.  Willow is an excellent choice and is also sacred to Hecate.  I would never make a wand from a branch that has fallen from the tree due to the tree expelling it for some reason. Cut your own. The wand should be approx. 1 inch thick and 10-12 inches long. Always cleanse and charge the wand ritualistically.  In the Book of Ceromonial Magic by Elemphus Levy shows one of many ways of making and preparing a wand. Hazel wood is also excellent for wands.
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