Please read the description, seeing as any questions I may be asked are likely answered here.
This is the second wand that I've made. I'll post my first wand soon. I just put together a little WIP progression to show how I went about making it from draft design to final product. It is for a friend whose birthday is today (1/25).
The only materials I use to carve with are a hardwood dowel from Michael's, a small utility knife, and a carving knife for detail. Everything is hand carved without the use of any power tools whatsoever. Also, a correction needs to be made to the calculated material cost. I recalculated and it came out to be less than $7. Don't know what I did there.
Being a poor student, I cannot afford exotic or even "correct" woods to use for my crafting, so I have to resort to unidentified hardwood dowels from which to carve my pieces. So even if the description of the wand says "cedar" as it does here, the wood is not actually cedar. I don't believe in the "magical properties" of different woods, so I do not feel a need to acquire the "correct" wood to craft with. However, over time, different woods have come to symbolize different personality types so I based the "wood choice" off of the wand on the personality of the person to whom it is given.
My crafts are only intended for use as a keepsake or costume prop, so anything more than that makes me uncomfortable...
Being the Harry Potter nerd that I am, I hand drilled a tiny hole with a pin in the tip to insert a "core." The hole is no more than a few mm deep. I stick a little bit of "core" material in there to represent a core that would be used in Harry Potter Universe. For example, the "core" of this one is 'tebo hide' which, according to Rowling's (or rather Newt Scamander's) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is valued as good for protection. So in this case, I put a tiny shaving of sandpaper to represent "tebo hide." (Tebos look like ash-colored warthogs found in Africa whose various materials are valued for different purposes, according to FB.)
In addition to handmaking the wand, I also handmake my own wandboxes, again, without any powertools. Just scissors, cardboard, glue, paper, tape, and fabric. The box takes about as much time to make as the wand does! A general wand takes about 5 hours to carve and a box takes about 4 hours to make. The logo on the wand box, "Praeclarus Wands," is a name of my own devising. PLEASE do not use the name for your own wand projects unless you ask me first. That is much appreciated.
For questions concerning acquiring one of your own, I am halfway serious in considering opening up an ebay shop to sell ones that I make, but that is not going to happen until summer at the least. Until then, I'll post pictures of my completed crafts for your viewing enjoyment
I've only just started considering prices, but I'm thinking of about $20 per set of wand and box. Does that sound reasonable? Too much? Too little? Please let me know what you think!!!
If there's anything else I haven't covered feel free to ask, or just comment on your opinion of the piece. (And please, no silly questions like "Does it really do magic?" because I'm sure you already know the answer to that