Updated: 15 September 2014
Did you make all these wands yourself?
– Yes. Needless to say, I didn’t make all of them in one go; it’s been over a longer period of time!
How long does it take to make a wand?
– It varies, and because I work in batches and in stages, I haven’t kept an exact time from start to finish. A really fresh twig can be stripped of wood in thirty seconds, others take longer. Dry twigs can take anything from fifteen minutes to an hour each. I whittle a few at a time, then I put them aside for another day when I sand them, and then I put them aside for another day when I decorate them and finish them off with oil. It also depends on how much they’re decorated. If it’s an undecorated wand from an easy-to-work wood, it could be as little as 15-20 minutes in total. If it’s a heavily decorated wand made from a hard-to-work wood, we could easily be looking at two hours or more. Most wands I’d say take 30 minutes to an hour in total.
How long will it take to ship a wand to me?
– It’s 1-3 working days for me to package it up and take it to the post office, depending on my availability. After that, it depends on where you are and how quick the postal service is (which can vary due to workload and weather conditions), but usually:
- UK: 1-2 working days, but might take up to 5
- Europe: 3-5 working days, but might take up to 10
- Rest of the world: 5-10 working days, but might take up to 20
To specify: by “working days” I mean Monday to Friday. The timings may also vary depending on where you live, e.g. somewhere remote would take longer to get to than a big city, and it would take longer to get to Sydney than it would to New York.
It’s been more than 2/5/10 working days since the order shipped, has my package gone missing?
– I would suggest that if it’s been more than 5 (UK)/10 (Europe)/20 (rest of the world), that you contact your nearest post or sorting office and ask if they have your package but have forgotten to notify you about it. This has happened on a couple of rare occasions. If you haven’t received the package within 15 (UK)/20 (Europe)/25 (RoW) working days, please let me know, as those are the timings Royal Mail gives for items to be considered lost.
Do you consecrate or cleanse the wands before they’re sold?
– No, I leave that up to you. Some people probably wouldn’t like (or be interested in) “that sort of thing” anyway, and for those that do, my version of consecration or cleansing is probably be different from theirs. Besides, considering the wands have to travel through the mail system, or taken to the occasional crafts fair, it means several different energies come into contact with them, so they’d need another cleansing before use in rituals anyway.
Do you have a physical store I can visit, and if so, where can I find it?
– I only have the online store, sorry. Occasionally, I attend craft fairs – check the Events page for when and where the next one is – but that’s it.
Can I visit your workshop? I’d love to see how a wand is made!
– No. For several reasons: I don’t have an actual workshop, I make my wands at home (in the living room, mostly), and I’m not that keen on having complete strangers in my house. (I’m very much an introvert.) Plus in all honesty, it’s not all that fascinating to behold. 😉 If you were at Pagan Pride 2014, you probably would have seen me doing some whittling there and then.
I’m coming to Nottingham! Can I buy a wand from you in real life?
– Absolutely! If you happen to be visiting Nottingham, we can always arrange to meet up somewhere in town that’s easy for you to find. 🙂
Can you make me a replica of a wand from the Harry Potter films?
– No. Some of the official wands are turned (I have a lathe, but still need to learn the best techniques), and some of them have details beyond my knife skills, so neither of us would be pleased with the results if I tried. If you want a wand that looks 100% like in the movies, buy one of the official ones made out of resin, because that’s the only way to ensure they have 100% likeness. Also: wouldn’t you rather have a wand that chose YOU, as opposed to a wand that chose someone else?
Can you make me a replica of my Pottermore wand?
– No, but there are other wandmakers who can and do offer customised Pottermore replicas. (I can’t even find hornbeam in order to try replicating my own if I wanted to!)
Can I request a custom wand?
– Within certain limits, yes. As in, I have to have the wood in stock and it’s a design I can work with. Hawthorn Wand 25 was custom made, the buyer specifying a type of wood and a design I was confident I could do justice. Hawthorn Wand 20 and Ash Wand 13 were custom made for a pair of sisters, based only on when they were born, their favourite colours and their initials.
Can you burn a name/symbol/rune onto the wand I’ve just purchased?
– Yes, if you let me know in the box for “message to seller”. Say where and what name/symbol/rune and, if it’s a word, which font you were thinking. If it’s a symbol or a rune, please send me an image of what you mean to confirm we have the same thing in mind! Before burning anything, I’ll pencil it in and send you a photo to confirm you’re happy with it. Obviously, this will delay shipping a few days, but there is no extra charge.
Do the markings/symbols on your wands have meanings?
– Some of them do, but most of them are just decorative. Either way, they’re open to interpretation. 🙂
What is your favourite type of wood?
– I haven’t got a favourite as such. It’s more down to individual branches, if I’m totally honest. The grain and colouring of some twigs I’ve come across are really beautiful, but I’ve not found that something is particularly beautiful just because it’s from a particular kind of tree. Although saying that, alder and ivy are both some of the most interesting.
What is your favourite type of wood to work with?
– Oh, that’s much easier. I really like willow. It’s easy to whittle (cuts like butter with a good knife), you can sand it to be very smooth, it’s a little porous so works well with paint, and it burns on a (relatively) low heat setting. The smell of the dried twigs is amazing too! I also love working with fresh ash, because you can use the natural green colour under that thin, grey skin.
What is your LEAST favourite type of wood to work with?
– Hawthorn and firethorn. They seem to take forever to strip because the bark is very tough, the wood itself is quite hard, and you need a very high setting on the pyrograph in order to burn it. Then there are the thorns you need to cut off first unless you want to injure yourself. Thorns make for awkward gathering, which is why blackberry is no favourite either …
Why do you have Certificates of Authenticity?
– Why not? 🙂 I don’t have delusions of grandeur, I just thought it would be a bit more fun to open the package and find not just the wand and a receipt, but something else to say where the wand has come from, what it’s made of, and so on.
Why do you specify Certificates of Authenticity come with wands “sold online”?
– Because when I went to my first craft fair, I quickly realised that it took far too long to write them when all people really wanted was to pay, take the wand and move on. Also, I ran out of cards. After that, I figured it’s better to leave the cards at home.
Are these wands collectables?
– They are if you start collecting them! 😀
I have one of your wands, but I’m not sure which one. Could you help identify it?
– Sure! Send me a photo or two of it, showing the handle/decoration in particular, and if I made it, I should recognise it and be able to tell you it’s “catalogue number” (for want of a better term). If you let me know where you got it from, that also helps.
You seem very young to be making such well done wands. Are you a Sorcerer?
– I prefer the term “Witch”, actually. I’m the other side of 30 now, so I’m technically not THAT young, but thanks nonetheless. 😉
I heard that radio interview you did. Do you really have wizardy stuff all around the house?
– Sorry to disappoint you, but that was just the reporter trying to make my bog-standard living room sound interesting to the listeners. There’s a fireplace, but the only magical thing about it is how incredibly inefficient it is at heating up the living room in winter, which I don’t think counts …
With what languages can I talk/write to you?
– English and Swedish preferably, but I can also understand Norwegian and Danish to some extent. I wish I knew German a lot better than I do.
Is wandmaking your primary job?
– No, it doesn’t pay the bills by any stretch of the imagination. I just do it as a hobby, because it’s fun and I enjoy doing it. Everyone needs a hobby, right?
Why do you sell wands?
– Because if I didn’t, they’d pile up pretty quickly! If I can sell them, it means I have room to make new ones.
Why are Blackberry the only wands with a crystal tip?
– It’s because it has such a large pith core that the tips don’t shape very well, and I had some small crystals lying around so I wanted to experiment. I have some other crystals that were too big for the blackberry, which I’m going to put on some thick Spotted Laurel wands that also have a large pith core. I might make some others as well, seeing as how I’ve re-stocked on small crystals now.
What oil are you using? Why don’t you use beeswax instead?
– Plain ol’ furniture oil, to be brutally honest. (This one, primarily, but also this one.) I tried beeswax once but couldn’t get it working. Have found out more recently that I was supposed to melt the wax down and brush it on rather than trying to rub it on in solid form, so I might have another stab at it.
Why don’t you use birch sap instead of glue? It would be more natural.
– I didn’t even know about it until recently, but the problem is availability. Glue I can easily find in a shop, whereas birch sap would require finding a birch tree to accost, and it would take very long to get some sap and then the actual usage.
Why can’t I just make my own wand at home for nothing?
– Who says you can’t? No one’s stopping you. 🙂
Which Hogwarts House are you?
– Did you miss the picture? Ravenclaw all the way! 😀 (It should be blue/bronze with an eagle, and they got it wrong in the movies. Don’t get me started on the official merchandise with a raven, because WRONG. Or, indeed, the lack of official merchandise if you’re not Gryffindor or Slytherin.)
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