Ah, the wand, your very own tool to support your important magickal journey.
But as a journey is of great fun, there are also many questions and curiousities about this lifelong-lasting object. To answer the possible questions above, I have decided to use my opinion-based answers to help answer your questions. 1) The wand can be either purchased or made, but it is a matter of connection and energy that you are able to work with within the wand.
2) Although wooden wands are common materials used to make them, it is not required.
3) Deciding to work with a wand is a matter of decision and choice, not requirement.
4) From my opinion, yes, because as important as a family or friend bond, a connection of the wand is quite important, according to me.
Good luck with your magickal journey, and blessed be.