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Thornfield Handcrafted Wands

Nottingham, United Kingdom · 461 Sales

handcraftedwands

Thornfield Handcrafted Wands

Nottingham, United Kingdom 461 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(137)

Announcement   🎄🎅 LAST ORDER DATE BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS: 17 DECEMBER 2016* 🎅🎄
All naturally unique solid wood wands lovingly handmade in Nottingham, deep in the heart of England. Perfect for Pagans and Potterheads alike.

* Please note last day of ordering before Yule/Christmas will be Saturday 17 December. Orders made 18-30 December will be posted on 31st December at the earliest, possibly not until 3 January 2017, depending on when the post office is open.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 18, 2016

🎄🎅 LAST ORDER DATE BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS: 17 DECEMBER 2016* 🎅🎄
All naturally unique solid wood wands lovingly handmade in Nottingham, deep in the heart of England. Perfect for Pagans and Potterheads alike.

* Please note last day of ordering before Yule/Christmas will be Saturday 17 December. Orders made 18-30 December will be posted on 31st December at the earliest, possibly not until 3 January 2017, depending on when the post office is open.

Sofia Meaden

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Sofia Meaden

Juniper Wand 05 (332 mm)
$9.05
Norway Spruce Wand 20 (376 mm)
$9.69
Ivy Wand 32 (336 mm)
$9.05
Ash Wand 38 (351 mm)
$9.05
Nordmann Fir Wand 05 (273 mm)
$6.46
Softwood Turned Wand 01
$9.69
Ivy Wand 30 (366 mm)
$9.69
Laburnum Wand 02 (377 mm)
$9.69
Japanese Spindle Wand 15 (295 mm)
$7.75
Ash Wand 36 (390 mm) - Seven Goddess Chant
$10.34
Horse Chestnut Wand 16 (340 mm)
$8.40
Horse Chestnut Wand 13 (327 mm)
$8.40
Ash Wand 35 (393 mm)
$10.34
Horse Chestnut Wand 14 (308 mm)
$8.40
Blackcurrant Wand 04 (440 mm)
$11.63
Fig Wand 05 (285 mm)
$7.75
Fig Wand 03 (255 mm)
$6.46
Juniper Wand 11 (320 mm)
$8.40
Wych Elm Wand 03 (310 mm)
$8.40
Wych Elm Wand 02 (315 mm)
$8.40
Box (Boxwood) Wand 10 (496 mm)
$12.92
Damson Wand 02 (277 mm)
$6.46
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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(137)
Jaleesa Leslie

Jaleesa Leslie on Dec 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Received my wand very quickly considering it had to be shipped overseas, and was pleased with the craftmanship. Thank you!

Plumblossom94

Plumblossom94 on Dec 2, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for the lovely wand and the nice packaging. I can't wait to purchase more from you!

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Updates

Sweet chestnut, Wollaton Park.

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Sweet Chestnut Wand 03 (311 mm)
$8.40
Plums in the making.

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London plane trees at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

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London Plane Wand 05 (302 mm)
$7.75
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About

By cutting a tree down to size in the garden and not wanting to waste the wood, a wandmaker was born and a passion for woodwork ignited.

Unless you count bouts of whittling twigs for fun when I was a child, I started making wands properly in 2008, when I had to cut back a self-planted ash tree in the garden. I thought it was a shame to just throw such beautiful wood away, and decided to make a wand for a friend and fellow Harry Potter nerd. That way, I discovered it was actually a lot of fun making wands, and made a few more, and since then, I've come across more wood and haven't been able to stop!

Aside from being into Harry Potter, I'm also a big Jane Eyre fan, hence the name Thornfield. I class myself as a Pagan, although when asked which Path, my response is invariably "erm ... sort of ... secular?" I'm very passionate about nature and care deeply about the environment (it's a Swedish thing), but the whole religion thing just doesn't sit right with me. However, my general beliefs slot in under the big umbrella of Neo-Paganism more than anything else.

My grandmother was big on embroidery and sewing, and my mother followed in her footsteps and started knitting at a very early age. My two older sisters both do that sort of handicraft, and ... I've never taken to it. I know how to knit, crochet, sew and embroider, but I've always had more fun doing woodwork. Mum insists handicrafts are "good for the soul", and as long as I get to do it with a stick of wood, a knife and some sandpaper, I couldn't agree more.

The Wood

All wood used for wandmaking has been ethically sourced. Ever since I decided to take up wandmaking as an actual proper handcrafting hobby, no tree or shrub has been cut for the purpose of making wands. (I sincerely HOPE that when I'm given twigs by friends, they've not gone and cut them just to please me, but because the trees could do with a trim anyway.) This means that the twigs and branches used have either been gathered from where they’ve fallen on the ground (e.g. through storms, etc.) or they were taken from general maintenance off-cuts that would otherwise have been thrown away.

I do this because I love trees and I love to see them grow and prosper, cheesy as that may sound. A fallen branch is a gift to be cherished, and if it’s cut off to give the tree or shrub new life, light and space to breathe and grow, that’s also a positive. Cutting a tree down just to satisfy a crafting desire feels wrong to me.

The Wands

Wood
All whittled wands are made from natural branches and twigs, so the shape, size and colour of every wand will vary – and no two wands will ever be exactly the same.

Decorations
Most of the wands I create have some sort of pattern burned into them. This is because I like to use the natural properties of the wood rather than adding something synthetic, like paint or decorations. There are exceptions, of course, as I like to experiment. The patterns or symbols I use are either made up on the spot depending on what feels right, or I trace it with a pencil first before burning, if it's something that requires a bit of planning.

All wands are burned at the bottom end, as I like to think it "ties the wand together nicely", but also because it would be very difficult get smooth with just sandpaper. And besides, it's sort of become "my thing" now.

Free customisations available on request: Oiled wands can be burned with e.g. a name or a symbol, and/or they can even be lacquered. Customisations will mean at least a couple of days delay in shipping, as they need some time to do. I don't offer carvings.

Finish
Most of them are finished with a coat of oil (paraffin or linseed), but I also have a water-based half-matt lacquer. For painted wands, I’ve used an acrylic paint, unless otherwise specified.

Tools
The tools I use are a knife, some sandpaper, and a wood burning station.

As of 8 September 2013 I have a woodturning lathe. I thought it would be fun to have one and experiment with. Using a lathe definitely isn't as relaxing as a bit of quiet whittling in front of the telly of an evening! Twigs I'd consider very straight aren't straight enough to work in a lathe, so for turned wands I've had to buy in sustainably sourced woodturning blanks.

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  • Sofia Meaden

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Wandmaker

    Ex-pat Swede living in Britain, Pagan and big fan of both Jane Eyre (hence the shop name) and Harry Potter (hence the wands). Love and respect nature and love working with different kinds of wood.

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