Christie's Potter Wand

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Project by Alan posted 11-10-2014 04:43 PM 1357 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My best friend is a young lady who was born without her arms, so she uses a stick to type, turn book pages, etc.

She also loves Harry Potter.

What to make her for Christmas last year was pretty obvious.

When my dad passed away last April, I inherited an entire box of walnut slats, about 2” wide, 10” long and maybe 3/8” wide. Most of them are earmarked for being turned into handgun grips, but I zipped a stick off the side of one with my ryoba to make this. Then I shaved it down and shaped it with a spokeshave and attempted a little carving with a couple of butt chisels I also inherited from my dad. I also discovered that trying to carve initials with a marking knife doesn’t work very well, but that’s okay. I finished it with many coats of tung oil and a beeswax rub. I also custom made the presentation box, but that’s not wood.

This is the type of project I really like doing – nothing has to be made to fit anything else, I get to just let the wood guide me in forming a natural shape.

-- I have some idea what I'm doing.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-10-2014 05:17 PM

Great little wand for a real good friend. Those are the best projects!!
Sorry to hear about your dad. Parents are hard to lose, you have my condolences!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 02:37 AM

Thanks for the kind words of welcome. I’m planning on making more of these wands – I already have another friend who wants me to make her one from padauk to match her red hair.

-- I have some idea what I'm doing.

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