Magic Wands & Wand Boxes
- After making some very basic magic wands for our two kids, my wife requested that I make some for two daughters of our good friends in New Zealand. Unfortunately, their eldest daughter, Aliyah, is battling Leukemia right now. In a rare turn of events, her younger sister's bone marrow was a match and she bravely donated to Aliyah and so far her treatments have been going well. According to their mother, the two girls are often looking at wands on the internet. Obviously, there was no chance I could turn down that request and, while the wands I made for my kids were pretty basic, I decided to put a little something extra into these.
Sorry that there are no progress shots. I was trying to get them done as quickly as I could and just didn't document the build. I actually got to incorporate several aspects of my nerdery outside of woodworking into them. Along with the box making, I dabble in decorative knot tying, (aka man-weaving), collecting antique writing implements, (used to write the letters), and CNC. Thanks for checking it out!
The boxes are simple pencil boxes with mitered corners and black veneer as splines. All the lettering and finger pull were done on the CNC (carved then painted in) but everything else was done the traditional way. The box is hard maple and the tops are spalted maple. I just had the material kicking around but I really like the way the two woods complement each other.
Both wands were cut on the CNC as well since my non-existent turning skills weren't getting me what I was picturing in my head. They were done as a 2-sided 3d toolpath. The Osage Orange wand picked up quite a bow after it was cut, hence the reference to it's "unique shape" in the letter you'll see further down. If you can't cover it up, make it a feature!
The knot on the Purpleheart wand took a few hours to tie and I'm really pleased with it. I love tying knots with that material, tarred nylon. They always come out looking pretty interesting. The knot on the Osage Orange wand is pretty simple and is done in dyed leather cord.
I got to break out some old Italian hand-blown glass pens and an inkwell for the letters. I figured I'd gone this far, why not really get into character? Since I couldn't be there to do the whole wand ceremony (that's really Ollivander's sort of thing anyway, and we all know what a drama queen he is) letters of introduction for the new wands were in order.
When you just happen to have a personalized wax seal stamp laying around.
Ready for the trip to NZ!