I like to communicate with the wand or wood,
to find out how it feels energetically,
as well as if it is okay with being a wand,
and if it will respect me as the wand user.
I personally I'm using a hard-stringy wood,
since softer woods can get eaten by my rabbits.
even not all hardwoods are safe,
I made some maple chopsticks,
they were promptly devoured.
my current wand seems to be made of Oak,
I had sawed off a part of a dead trunk,
it was very difficult to split,
and tends to be a bit splintery,
but that makes it firm and strong.