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Willow Wand.

Willow Cherlindra's wand

I absolutely love the film 'Willow' (1988 Directed by Ron Howard) As soon as I clapped my eyes on Cherlindrea's wand I wanted one! When I was sculpting at university I based my final exhibition on fairies and I made all manner of wands, staffs and fairy houses. This is when my love of working with wood and trees really started. I didn't have a willow tree to prune back then, I made my wands with resin, faking the shape and beauty of real willow, they were beautiful and made with a lot of love but not as tactile as the real thing! It was at Uni that my best sculpture buddy gave me my first pyrograph <3

At the end of the summer just before a new moon I harvested some willow from my beautiful twisted willow tree. I need to prune it once a year as I planted it a little too close to my house! My daughter and I spent a lovely afternoon selecting branches to strip for making wands, we found out that she is a dab hand at stripping willow. I dried out the wands for two months indoors and sanded and smoothed them, they looked beautiful, one was definitely MINE, and one of the others I selected for a special birthday surprise for a lovely friend of mine.

I know that each wand is going to be very different, as individual as the person that they are each made for. My friend's special wand was intended to be given as a wish, so I had to compose one to be inscribed upon it, I particularly enjoyed coming up with ideas for this. I decided to pyrograph the wish and decorate the handle area with vines and flowers. The willow burns more readily than pine, so lower heat settings were needed, also I had to get used to burning onto a curved surface. This is how it turned out, I am so pleased, it's the first wand I've made in about twelve years. I still have a few nice pieces of stripped willow left, if you or anyone you know needs a bespoke wishing wand.