Traditional Wood Fairy Wands

Wandlore, illuminated. In his detail-rich article The Magic Wand, Renaissance scholar Joseph H. Peterson explores the symbolism of specific woods and gems for wandmaking purposes, as well as presenting some historical context. Citing more than two dozen sources, some many centuries old, Peterson also provides interesting details gleaned about wooden wands concerning length, which day the wand wood should be cut from the tree (Wednesday), and which hand should hold the wand if you are using it defensively or not. We recommend the guide as you go shopping for your wood wand. We’ve gathered some examples…

Traditional materials and simple elegance sets this Handmade Greek olive wood artisan wand (image above), from Eric Philippa-Kempson of EllenisWorkshop. Associated with the astrological sign of Aries, eco-friendly and hand-carved from olive trees of the island of Lesvos, no two are alike. Priced at $30.

Natural hues of Maple are embellished with blue crystal and coordinating blue wire in this Fairy magic wand by Darla Fink of Darla Décor (handle shown right). At just $20, it’s a simple and earthy design, a signifier of the strength and sweetness of the Maple tree.

Collector items. Jessica of CabochonPersnickity crafts high-end wands from Oak and embellishes them with sculpted polymer clay. At 16” long, this Purpleheart wand (below) is naturally a lavender hue which is further deepened into a royal purple by applying heat and exposing to sunlight, then finished with archival quality wax. At $175, this is not meant for child’s play.

Do-It-Yourself. The Crafty Teacher blog site offers a wide exploration for creating your own wand from found wood or store bought wooden dowels — 12 different approaches! Instructions are easy to follow, prepared for all ages with a range from simple to complex designs. Examples below…

Your wooden wand. Where did you get your wand? Did you pick a specific wood? Did making it yourself make it mean more?