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Unique and Exclusive *Rune Dice* in rare English Elm Wood! Set 46.

These, together with a set of Plum wood runes, feature in a treasury celebrating all types and varieties of rune set by SolasCandles here: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzE5MDEwMXwxMTI4NzM2ODIz/mystic-languages

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.

Sadly, mature Elm trees are an increasingly rare sight in the English countryside since the accidental introduction of Dutch Elm Disease. However, these tough trees are constantly sending up new suckers from the roots, so there are always a few saplings in my hedge. The bad news is that they only live about 15-20 years, but at least it means I have a fairly constant supply of small diameter wood to work with. Elm wood has been used for all sorts of things through the years, from the keels and ribs of ships through the linings of carts and wheelbarrows to farmyard drinking troughs and even coffins, as it is extremely tough, does not splinter and withstands being constantly wet without rotting. It's also very dense, hard wood, and these dice make a fabulous sound when you shake them in your hands... they sound exactly like dice! :-) The colour of the wood is a warm honey amber, and it will develop more of a pink tine over time. There are a few flecks of a darker brown, and the edges have an iridescence that makes them almost appear to sparkle. They 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 time ago one of my customers asked me to make some rune dice and as I was unwilling to make the rather boring and ordinary, regular cubic dice, this is what I came up with. It wasn't easy coming up with 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 & 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 reclamped and sawn, and every time it has to be measured and lined up as accurately as I can. That's A LOT of sawing for my poor little arm! :-D Any small imperfections are down to the nature of hand crafting, because 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 (if you don't include all the ones that failed to make the grade and got used to light the fire) this set is only the forty-sixth set I've ever made... how rare and exclusive do you want?

I don't get the chance to make these as often as I'd like because they take so long, but even if I made some every single working day (giving myself the week-ends off) it would still take over four and a half years to make it to 1000 sets! I think that 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 all you gamers out there, this is almost the same shape as the D8 dice. After sanding each die with at least four different grades of sandpaper, the rune symbols are burned deeply into the surface of the wood so they won't wear away or chip off, and there's no reason why these dice shouldn't outlast me by a very long time. I always burn 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. This method of arranging them seems to make the most sense as well as having the added bonus that each die is dedicated to one particular deity and can be used as a meditation aid when focussing on the attributes of that deity. You can easily hold all three dice in one hand and the symbols are large and clear enough to be read without squinting, even by firelight. 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, provided you use and handle them daily, 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!

Elm can be used in any magic to do with love, whether romantic or any other kind.

Size: Each triangular face is about an inch along the bottom and seven eighths of an inch along each side.
26mm x 23mm.

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! ;-)

Unique and Exclusive - Rune Dice - in rare English Elm Wood. Set 46.


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  • Materials: elm, tree, branch, wood, burning, oil
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