The Lore of Wands and Magic
Wandmaking is an ancient art. However, during the last two millennia it has been an art carried on in private and by magical practitioners themselves rather than professional wandmakers. While not a "lost" art, it is one which has had to be reconstructed from many sources, not least from individual Imbas or inspiration. Moreover, like all magics, the art is constantly evolving. A perusal of the Fellowship of Wandmakers page on this site will show the wonderful variety.
The LORE section of the Bardwood webspace brings together knowledge derived from many sources -- regarding wood, tree, dryad, stone, and the mythical beasts of the imaginal Otherworlds. There is a FAQ with frequently asked questions provided for our visitors' convenience, and this will tell you a good deal about the way we make our wands. Additionally, there are some articles on wizardry and the Alferic tradition that informs our work.
The Alferic tradition should not be confused with all the scores of other "trads" which have formed out of Wicca or other religions. It is not a group or an order, but rather is the traditional lore of the Fair Folk, as they have revealed it to me. I should not wish anyone to misunderstand this statement to mean that I have some monopoly on Elf lore. By no means. Nor should one imagine that such lore comes out of scholarly sources or academic folkloristics. Folklore offers clues, but sometimes the interpretation of experiences is distorted. What I present here is simply what I have learned from the Fair Folk of my acquaintance and my teachers in the art of wandmaking. You, dear reader, are not obliged to believe any of it unless you wish to do so. Explore the links at the right and use your own wits.
Articles by Other Authors
In this section I include links to a few other articles on wands which are worth a read. Some of these were sources used in my own book.
"The Magic Wand" by Joseph Peterson. Esoteric Archives, 2005. An excellent historical and technical article on wands through history and in extant grimoires.
"Viking Witch's Magic Wand" by Hugo Gye. Daily Mail, 31 December 2013. Researchers have concluded that an object found in Norway originally thought to be a fish hook or meat skewer is a metal wand for magic that was bent after the owner's death. Interesting article.