Announcement All naturally unique solid wood wands lovingly handmade in Nottingham, deep in the heart of England. Perfect for Pagans and Potterheads alike.
All naturally unique solid wood wands lovingly handmade in Nottingham, deep in the heart of England. Perfect for Pagans and Potterheads alike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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