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From Katrina N.

posted Jul 2, 2017, 8:05 PM by Praeclarus Wands   [ updated Jul 30, 2018, 11:14 PM ]
Read the complete review on Katrina's blog (archived):

IMG_0960IMG_0961IMG_0962"My wands are here!!!

 [. . .] The birch wand! (HP stats: birch and phoenix feather, 11 3/4″, swishy. The card she included says ‘The birch wand’s symbolism of growth and rebirth make it particularly suited to the phoenix core. Together, this pairing seeks out owners who are highly individual and aren’t afraid to explore uncharted territory. Birch & phoenix wands have a knack for all sorts of repair and rejuvenation spells.’) The wand has been lightly stained with a warm golden color, the rounded pommel has some texturing inspired by tree roots, and the deep inset spiral works its way out to a raised spiral effect. Turning it in my hand, the wand has a wavy look to it- it doesn’t appear entirely straight from any angle.

The bog oak wand! (HP stats: bog oak and dragon heartstring, 11 3/4″, rigid. The included card says ‘Bog oak wands retain many of the qualities of regular wandwood-quality oak, but in unpredictable ways. Combined with a dragon core, this usually solidifies into a strength for nature-assisted combat magic. Bog oak & dragon wands prefer owners with powerful intuition and unshakable loyalty.’) The wand is unstained, the pointed pommel has some hammered/chiseled texture, and the raised spiral twists into an inset spiral. Despite the twists, the wand appears perfectly straight.

If you’re reading these and going ‘holy Hufflepuff, Batman’ you are right! It was utterly, entirely unintentional, but the birch ended up showing the earthy, warm yellow side, and the bog oak ended up reflecting the unshakable, iron-black side. It’s obvious in retrospect, and to be honest I’m both amused and very happy.

Lastly, I asked for a slightly odd request: miniature versions of the wands that I could wear as pendants. I adore my wands, and even before we started designing them I knew I would. But they’re not really ‘carry around with you’ kinds of things, and it made me a little sad to think that I’d only enjoy them at home . . . When I opened the box I was tempted to put them on my charm bracelet so I could wear them all the time, but they’re real wood so I’m concerned they’ll get broken. Pendants they will remain! . . . The next challenge will be to actually focus on something today, instead of continuously opening the boxes and squealing!"