Celtic ~ Viking Wand

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Project by EPJartisan posted 11-06-2009 06:57 PM 5223 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make wands for the Wiccan Community and Harry potter fans, but simple wood turning does not do it for me.
This one is for my friend’s 40th birthday party. His family in Sweden sent me some white oak from their farm, inspired by viking ships and I have been drawing and carving celtic knot work since I was 11. Took me 13 hours to carve over three days.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 07:05 PM

Cool carving, very well done!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 07:05 PM

Very cool wand super carving too


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#3 posted 11-06-2009 07:10 PM

welcome to lumberjocks

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#4 posted 11-06-2009 07:12 PM

Awesome job

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#5 posted 11-06-2009 07:42 PM

Very nice carving and nice looking. What are these wands used for?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 11-06-2009 07:57 PM

That’s wonderful, what kind of tools do you use and how hard was it working with white oak for that type of detail?


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#7 posted 11-06-2009 10:24 PM

Well… wands for myself tend to be mostly about the shape and form, the universality of “wands” in cultures all over the earth and from every era… bring a wealth of cultural and technical exploration. For the Wiccan Community (modern witches) they use them as tools in their religious practices. For a young witches wiccaning they usually get a really great wand for their personal altars or sanctuary. I have custom made quite a few where price has not been an issue.. in some ways like getting a beautiful crucifix for special moments and events.

But for the carving of it. I prefer to go to the local ACE when they have the “cheaper quality” toolsl on sale for sometimes $1 each.. lol.. and I get a set of those small flat head screwdrivers in a cheap plastic case.. I think most of us have seem them. Well I use sand paper and diamond stones to sharpen them into all shapes and sizes. If i ruin one I am out maybe $.25.
~ I draw on the wood all the time to reminds me of changes in depth for the design work
~ I begin each area by scribing deeply with a exacto-blade… working from the corner to the center. the small curved bladees so I can run on a tiny radius.
~ Then I use the screw driver chisels cut into the wood, shape the design sides and edges, and to remove the waste..
~ smoothing the bottom with a chisel when I have to sharpen it again

White oak is great for larger carvings, but I think only “okay” for small carving. the latewood grain holds well, but the early wood grain is really fragile.
~ Best tip.. always keep a tube of gel super-glue on hand.
~ Second best… really try to understand wood grain.

I tend to talk to wood like it is alive.. like it’g grain is it’s voice. I ask it where it is going.. tell it that it is crazy… maybe I’m crazy, but most of us do it when we are angry anyway… I get Tourette’s Syndrome cursing at a piece of wood or tool from time to time.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#8 posted 11-06-2009 11:04 PM

That is a great approach you have. I always say that when it comes to carving, it is the wood that sets the rules not the carver. I loved your idea about the screw driver carving tools too. Thanks for the explanation about the wands.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-07-2009 12:03 AM

Great wand, I’m always a sucker for knotwork. Thanks for the explanation also.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 11-07-2009 12:08 AM

WOW~ That is incredible!! Nicely Done!!!

-- Greg H.-Chaseburg, WI.

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#11 posted 11-07-2009 01:02 AM

Very nicely done, and just goes to show you don’t have to have the high price tools to do high price work.

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#12 posted 11-07-2009 04:39 AM

fantastic wand and workmanship. Thanks for that added carving advice. Such a beautiful, and storied piece. Truly inspired!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 11-07-2009 06:13 AM

Great craftsmanship and lovely carving. With your skill have you ever tried good carving knives ?

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#14 posted 11-08-2009 03:40 PM

Carving looks great!!

Robin Renee’


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#15 posted 02-28-2010 07:04 PM

Very, very, very cool!!!!! I ove celtic inspired work. I’m going to have to get my girlfriend to give one of these a shot, she’s the carver in our relationship.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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