I have had many people ask me what type of wood to use for the creation of their wands. And How to create a wand.
Well here it goes.
First I want to stress that a wand can be made from any wood. But using specific types of wood from what is know as magical trees or enchanted trees work best.
All wands are to be crafted from a living tree, unless you are creating a wand for destructive magic and you use wood from a dieing tree. Never a dead tree, there is no energy in this wood to be harnessed.
Types of wood that are recommended.
Willow: Creativity, fertility, and healing
Ash: Sterngth, and wisdom
Apple: Healing, and Love magic
Bocote: Divination, wisdom, and clearing
Canarywood: Strenght, and affinity
Cocobolo: Strength, and endurance
Lignum Vitae: Protection, and healing
Oak: Endurance, triumh, and destruction
Rosewood: Love, and charms
Tulipwood: Love, and passion
These are not by any means the only wood you can use but they are the strongest consintration of magical energy in them that I have found.
Now once you have found the tree of your choice to take you wand from, you need to take a peice atleast 21 inches, or the distance from the end of your middle finger to your elbow. And should be atleast 3/4 of an inch thick.
Next you need to wrap it in a black or dark blue cloth and place it where it will not be disturb for 3 days. Do not begin de-barking it before wraping it.
Now that the wait is over you can begin de-barking it using an athame specificaly enchanted for this task. Take caution in not taking to much of the meat of the wood out of the wand while doing this.
Once you have taken the bark off the wood begin shaving the wand from the end to its tip. Use the image of a pool cue as a example as how to shave it. You want a thick base to hold and the farther you shave to the end the thiner you want to make it. You do not have to make it into a point and the wand does not have to be as straight as a pool cue. It can have twist and turns in it.
Now using a fine grade peice of sandpaper begin sanding the wand removing the squared shaving cuts.
Onve you have finished sanding you can stain, paint, or leave it bare. You can also elaboratly decorate your wand with jewels (real not fake), stones, or wood burn your covens name into it using runes. If decorating with metal never use gold, most use silver or copper but never use gold it interupts the flow of magic in this tool. You may aslo place your magical name on the wand if you like. I place mine on all my tools.
Now I will quickly go over staves with you.
Using the same directions as before for the wand you only need a peice of wood that is as tall as its user. And you want your staff to be as stright as possible.
High Priest Draco