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This is a beautiful set of three rune dice made entirely by hand and without the use of power tools of any kind. Even the symbols are burnt into the surface of the wood with a selection of straight lines I heat in a flame before applying them to the bare wood. Crafting items in this way is both labour intensive and time consuming, but it feels right to honour the ancestors by using their methods whenever practical. And it means you get a truly original and authentic piece of useable, heirloom quality traditional art to aid you in your magical practice.
This set is made from Alder wood, and the rich orangey colouring is truly magnificent, giving them an inner glow that looks as if they're permanently viewed by firelight. The flat faces are silky smooth to the touch and the symbols are deeply burned into the wood, making for tactile as well as visual delight. These dice can be used just like regular runes, by casting them and interpreting the symbols that are uppermost, and the different angles of the faces allow many shades of meaning to be used in interpretation, which makes them extremely accurate. They're easy to carry and much more difficult to lose than regular runes, with a satisfying chunkiness and solidity that will make you want to handle them constantly. I wish I could really explain just how incredibly tactile these dice are, it's almost impossible to put them down!
This is my own design that you will not find anywhere else in the world, and I'm very proud of it! :-)
Some years ago one of my customers asked me to make some rune dice and as I was unwilling to make the ordinary regular cubic dice, this is what I came up with. It wasn't easy inventing something quite new, but I had a picture in my head of what I wanted and I wasn't going to settle for anything less! Let me tell you, perfecting these rune dice really has cost me blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the fact that I think I've actually invented a whole new range of swear words! :-D I only use basic hand tools, no fancy power saws that will make all the angles true and churn out replicas time and time again. First of all I select a well seasoned log out in the wood shed and saw it into a long square block, similar to the blanks you can buy for woodturning. Then, for the dice themselves, each separate saw cut means I have to clamp the wood at a different angle in order to cut that face, so that's eight times each die has to be clamped and sawn, and every time it has to be measured and lined up as accurately as I can. Any small imperfections are down to the nature of hand crafting, I'm not a robot but a real live human being! The design is copyrighted to me, they can only be bought from me, and this set is only the fifty-second set I've ever made... how rare and exclusive do you want?
I recently worked out that if I continue to make these rune dice at the rate I have been doing then I would make it to 1000 sets sometime around the year 2047! It really brings home the exclusivity of hand made items over mass production where a single production run can number many thousands of identical items, each of which is indistinguishable from all the others.
Each die is octohedral, meaning it has eight faces, instead of the six faces to be found on a cube. The shape resembles two pyramids base to base, with the edges and corners slightly rounded to enable the dice to actually roll when you cast them. For you gamers out there, they're a similar but not quite identical shape to the D8 dice. After sanding each die with at least four different grades of sandpaper, the rune symbols were deeply burned into the surface of the wood and there's no reason why these dice shouldn't outlast me by a very long time. I always mark the symbols in sacred space, and the Gods are always invited. So if one of them decides to jog my elbow at a crucial moment and make the symbol a little less than perfect I try to take it as a joke... after all, the old Norse Gods are known for their somewhat robust sense of humour! :-) The symbols are arranged so each die holds an Aett and, if your maths is up to scratch, you'll have worked out that there isn't room for a blank. You can easily hold all three dice in one hand and the symbols burnt into the wood are clear and easy to read even by fire or candle light. They even make the authentic "dice roll" sound when you shake them in your cupped hands! I've included plenty of photos as they're really not easy things to get the feel of from a picture. The wood has been lightly oiled and the natural oils from your skin should be all that's needed to keep these dice in good condition, but I'll include care instructions for you. They'll only get better with age and use.
I do not include a bag or casting instruction with any of my rune sets, and these are no exception. That's because the bag you keep them in should be sewn by hand, by you and preferably made from an item of your old clothing to strengthen the bond between you and them. As for instructions, the amount of information I could realistically include in a give away leaflet would be sadly insufficient for the novice and totally irrellevant for the experienced caster, so I prefer not to waste the paper, thereby saving trees, so hopefully there will be a supply of wood for future generations to craft runes from!
Alder is said to be good for controlling and banishing elementals, especially of fire or water as the tree has strong links with both elements, and it can apparently be used for the healing of wounds. The tree is the guardian of the portal of the Faery Realm, and oversees all types of portals, boundaries and watersheds. It is allegedly attracted to water, so is used for dowsing. Legend has it that the Alder tree is a favourite of the Elven King's daughter. It is strongly associated with resurrection.
Size: Each triangular face is about an inch and a quarter along the bottom and an inch and one eighth along each side.
31mm x 27mm.
They will come with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity, consisting of a picture and the list of the magical properties of the wood. You will also receive care instructions, as I expect them to be well looked after! ;-)