Praeclarus Wands announcements, news, and updates regarding wand orders.

Praeclarus Wands is back and open for business!

posted Aug 27, 2019, 6:53 PM by Praeclarus Wands

I am happy to announce that I have returned from Japan! A couple things are currently happening:
  1. Wand commissions are OPEN! If you expressed interest in a wand before or during my hiatus, I will contact you in the order in which I received your message. If you are interested in placing an order, please fill out the Custom Wand Interest Form. (This form also doubles as a waiting list.)

  2. My Etsy shop, stocked with ready-to-buy wands, will be open soon! Although these wands cannot be customized, they are one-of-a-kind and handmade with the same artistry and care as my custom wands. Perhaps one of them will choose you...To be the first to know when the shop is open, sign up for the Praeclarus Wands mailing list!
Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions about wands, please feel free to contact me.

This site is now

posted Apr 13, 2018, 3:47 AM by Praeclarus Wands   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 6:59 AM ]

Big update! This site can now be reached via  Of course, the old URL ( remains functional; however, now that the site is on its own domain, things are much nicer.

The new URL is also accompanied by a handful of visual changes. The header now features a beautiful Praeclarus Wands storefront concept by (used with permission), and the overall color scheme has been redesigned around bronze and white to match. The front page has a brand new splash image with three of my personal favorite wands. The contact page, which previously only showed my email address in plain text, is now a form into which you can submit your queries directly.  

The site certainly feels a lot more like a home, doesn't it!

Praeclarus Wands Mailing List

posted Mar 11, 2018, 10:09 PM by Praeclarus Wands

Sign up here if you would prefer to be notified via (infrequent) email when my commission waiting list is open, and to get updates about wand commission availability.  No spam, I promise, and your information will never be shared with any third parties. Thanks!

Hiatus extended until July 2019

posted Mar 4, 2018, 7:49 PM by Praeclarus Wands

I have renewed my employment contract here in Japan for a third (and likely final) year, so I'll be back home and available for commissions again next July.  Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to getting back into wandmaking soon!

Website updates (8/23/2017)

posted Aug 23, 2017, 11:30 PM by Praeclarus Wands   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 11:30 PM ]

  • Generally cleaned up the front page
  • Switched from sidebar organization to tabbed horizontal organization with drop-down menus
  • The "Order a Custom Wand" page and sub-pages no longer link to my deviantart account, but rather contain all the information here on the site 
  • Expanded the Terms and Conditions on the "Order a Custom Wand" page to include information about copyright
  • The "Gallery" tab now links to my portfolio, with my full deviantart gallery as a sub-page, instead of the other way around

On hiatus until July 2018

posted Jan 21, 2017, 12:17 AM by Praeclarus Wands   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 12:17 AM ]

I have accepted a position with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program as an English teacher, so I will be living and working in Japan until my contract expires. I am therefore unable to take any wand commissions until I return home. Sorry!

Anticipating a HIATUS

posted Jan 12, 2016, 7:10 AM by Praeclarus Wands   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 7:10 AM ]

I have just received notice that I have a good chance of being hired for a year-long employment contract starting July 2016. During this time I would be out of the country, and would need to put wandmaking on a 12-month HIATUS.

I'll know for sure if I get the position in April, so waitlist adds will be PAUSED until that time. If I get the position, the waitlist will STAY CLOSED while I'm away, and work on wands will be put on hold until I return. If things don't turn out for me, the waitlist will OPEN again, and I'll continue to work through it like normal.

Watch this space for updates!

Summer Commission Updates (6/24)

posted Jun 24, 2015, 1:50 PM by Praeclarus Wands   [ updated Jun 24, 2015, 1:50 PM ]

Some good news about waitlist spots: my summer might be more free than I expected, so I may have time to do more wands than I currently have waitlisted. If you're on the December list, I may contact you in about a month to see if you're interested in placing your commission early!

I've also started making wands for those on my June list, and will be contacting those on my September list when that batch is completed. I'll do my best to keep the waitlist updated with progress percentages so you can see how things are going.

Cheers everyone!

Wand Waitlist for 2015 is closed.

posted Jun 26, 2014, 2:33 PM by Maranda Li   [ updated Jun 24, 2015, 1:47 PM by Praeclarus Wands ]

Apologies for the long silence -- school really had the best of me for a while.

I'm now taking wand waitlist reservations for December of 2015 until spots run out. You can find the waitlist here.

To reserve a spot, email me with the following:
  • Your name (first and last)
  • preferred paypal email address
  • Wood preferences (if you have them)
  • Tentative design ideas

Alder, Willow, and Yew now available for wands!

posted Aug 12, 2013, 10:47 PM by Maranda Li   [ updated Aug 12, 2013, 10:47 PM by Praeclarus Wands ]

I've now got a supply of alder, willow, and yew wood.

Alder is a light pink-brown, similar to cherry, but is lighter and less dense.
Willow is  creamy white with light orange-brown streaks. Has knots, since I'm using a raw branch.
Yew - I don't know yet, since I haven't tried carving it...will update asap!

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