Honeysuckle Wands

In addition to being the author of Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore, I also make wands in my basement workshop. You can check out my wands at my online shop, Firesmith’s Wand Shoppe or my Etsy Wand Shop. Last winter was hard on my trees and I lost three of them. While I was cutting them down, I noticed that my honeysuckle tree was growing really really well. Too well. Quite a few of its branches were getting dangerously close to my electric and cable lines. It was obviously time for me to make some honeysuckle wands.

Honeysuckle is a great wood for wands. Each year, new, relatively straight vertical branches grow from two to four feet long before the leaves and side branches start growing. Cut off such a branch, trim the end off, and you have the makings of a fine wand. What’s really cool is that you can easily remove the bark with your fingernails, and the wood itself underneath is quite smooth and has a relatively unique greenish tint. It needs very little sanding, and there is a small central hole just waiting to be filled with something special. Needless to say, I have about twenty new honeysuckle wands drying on my workbench waiting for me to sand them, polish them with some natural tung oil, and mount some appropriate gemstones. I even managed to find a good piece of honeysuckle just the right size for a walking stick. I’m definitely looking forward to some warm weather where I can sit out in the back yard and spend a few hours sanding away to my heart’s content.

If any of you are interested in having me craft a unique honeysuckle wand for you, let me know. We can pick out the gemstones together.

About Donald

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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