selecting wood

When He Realized He Loves You

A/N - The preferences are gonna be connected with each other. So if you wanna understand what I’m talking about, you gotta read the previous ones. And sorry, they’re long lol.

Harry:

He wasn’t certain up to a point where he felt the fear of losing her over someone. He has always been oblivious of such feelings, although he felt something for a certain Ravenclaw, he didn’t know whether it was love. His feelings in such a case was very visible to everyone, and Y/N like everyone, definitely noticed it. She waited for him to notice her for a very long time and eventually gave up and in the Fifth Year he finally noticed her but it was still very clear how he felt for Cho and after Cedric’s death, how they bonded. Over the course of time Harry failed to realize her contribution and love for their friendship, for him.

So once again, Y/N gave her hopes up and decided to move on, and being on the fifth year, she sure did receive some proposals when Harry wasn’t around, or in other words, was spending time with Cho. She didn’t think twice about this but she knew it was time she did something for herself.

As expected, Y/N soon got a boyfriend who was in the Quidditch team, loving but a bit loose when it came to how to be in front of certain people. She spent a lot of time with him and Harry didn’t fail to notice that. Only then he realized something big was missing from his life, how she was always there for him. He felt a strange urge to choke him to death whenever her so-called boyfriend was around her. When confronted about why he acted so strange around him, he realized his feeling of jealousy. Hermione was ofcourse very much aware of that and made him see what he really wanted.

Bonus - He imagined himself kissing Y/N and in a way understood his love for her. (Lol sorry for the way it ended. I didn’t know how to say he was in love sorry.)

Draco Malfoy:

His love for Y/N was definitely something unique. Starting from his family’s reputation to carrying on the ‘date a pureblood Slytherin’ rule, he didn’t get much time to think about this but he surely observed the difference of his behavior in front of, let’s say everyone else, and when he was with her. When he noticed this, he realized had feelings for her and he knew it very well. But was conflicted to talk about it since he has to keep secrets about his family and in no way Y/N will like about his family’s plan or rather about their doings.

It was in the fourth year that he realized it. And she tried her best to hide her feelings as well, waiting for him to ask her to Yule Ball. But her hopes were crushed when she heard Pansy giggle in excitement that Draco asked her. Although she had deep feelings for him, she had her self respect. So she accepted to go with George. He wasn’t happy about this at all, but couldn’t do anything about it.

Both knew what they wanted. But again, it’s easier said than done.

Ron Weasley:

This brat is so stupid I swear to god. Even after spending so much time with Ron, Y/N couldn’t do anything except flirting (which he rarely understood and even if he did he either blushed or laughed it off) or hugging him. That’s the only kind of way she had to express her feelings, because even if she did confess to him, the love will not really be LOVE if he didn’t understand his own feelings. But Ron being Ron, didn’t understand the body language and was stupid as ever. He was never the kind of guy who would understand these little things. It took time, it did, but eventually he realized his love for her, and she knew he would, like everyone did. He realized he actually adored those things that he thought annoyed him the most, and that wasn’t irritating at all. It was like a daily routine that made him complete. And it was definitely in the Second Wizarding War when he realized she did not have the mindset to annoy him anymore, everything seemed confusing, painful and lost to her.

Fred Weasley:

He knew it. Spending time with Y/N was always fun and she made sure that all the pranks they played were flawless, or atleast she tried. And when Lee Jordan asked them why they didn’t flirt with her, George just laughed and said, “I never saw her that way really.” Meanwhile Fred just sat there confused as to why he didn’t flirt. It wasn’t also like he didn’t want to. So later to get his answers, when he tried, he realized that she was the only girl he felt hesitated to flirt with. Or rather, if I say, she wasn’t a girl who was for flirting or winking from far away. She was the kind of girl who was meant to be loved.

George Weasley:

If you ask who George blushed around, Y/N was the right answer. After spending some time in Hogsmeade together, they stuck around each other. Not like they were always with each other but the one where whenever they passed, they made sure to do their signature handshake, which Fred found shocking, considering he never did that with him.

I know, it wasn’t anything like him, but there he stood, staring at her from the distance once again. And this time, accidentally or not, Y/N didn’t need to throw a paper ball at him in class.

Cedric Diggory:

Mr. Diggory was surprisingly different from what Y/N experienced before. He was not only sweet but caring too. He was surely manly and when it came to Quidditch or stuffs like that but he was so different when they were alone, um, in the library. You could say when it came to meet Y/N, his Hufflepuff traits were so visible to the people around. 

Cedric was very much surprised when he realized he was head over heels over this girl, who wasn’t swooning over him. It would’ve been easier for him to impress her if she did hung around with him and flirted with him quite often. But damn, she was hard as ever. While Cedric continued struggling his way in her heart, she kept it closed, keeping in mind her first encounter with Diggory.

Oliver Wood:

Oliver was not very surprised to realize his love for Y/N, because both of them knew they have something for each other. But the whole school was extremely taken aback when they really saw what was actually happening. Their feelings grew strong day by day, after they started talking with each other for the Quidditch team selection. Wood realized his love for her when he once caught his 'competitive friend’ secretly taking lessons and concentrating more on her flying skills, giving her best in this. At first he did misunderstand her by thinking that she was very desperate to prove herself better than him. He tried his best to ignore her for the following days.

But oneday, he saw her struggling to keep herself on her broomstick and heard her say, “Oh, I’m doing this for Wood. I mean, being his friend the least I could do to keep his reputation is improving my flying skills. He is obviously embarrassed.”

He felt very guilty to think so wrong of her.

“You don’t need to force yourself into something you’re not in order to be my friend.” He yelled, coming out of his hiding spot, “Everyone has their weaknesses." Like you’re mine.

MASTERLIST

bossnova687  asked:

Is there any dangerous perches for birds?

yep, 

  • full sandpaper perches because the birds can eat the grit causing internal lacerations, the grit can get caught in their toes causing infections and wounds, and the constant rubbing can cause sores.
  • rope perches if they aren’t maintained, loose fibres can catch toes causing broken bones or strained limbs, fibres may also be ingested causing compactions, if they aren’t properly cleaned a lot of bacteria can harbour in them causing illness
  • dowel perches (if there’s no other variety in their environment), the smoothness causes sores, the constant diameter and flatness increases the odds of arthritis as the weight is always distributed on their feet the exact same way.   Plastic perches present many of the same issues.
  • natural wood perches if they aren’t carefully selected, disinfected, and maintained.  If you make them yourself without proper disinfection they may catch transferable illnesses, if you select an incorrect wood they may be exposed to a toxic material, mould growth or dangerous insects. If the perches aren’t maintained there may be small cracks that may catch toes.
  • Mineral perches, birds don’t need extra supplementation with a proper diet, the dyes and woods that are present in some mineral perches usually do more harm than good.  If your bird needs extra mineral supplementation they should get proper recommendation by an avian veterinarian.  Potential for vitamin overdose, the powders from the perch can dye their feet and feathers which sometimes stresses out the birds

So long as your bird has variety, you keep it clean, know the source of your product and inspect them for loose/ dangerous things that occur from daily use natural wood, rope, dowel, and some types of sand perches can still be used.  Just need to know your product, more details on proper perch selection and what to look out for are here:

http://flock-talk.tumblr.com/post/113650180743/pedi-perches

http://flock-talk.tumblr.com/post/95920841308/the-importance-of-varied-perches

anonymous asked:

What are some monsters that could make good wandcores and are native to the western part of the US?

Urm. 

Look, Nonny, darling, I’m from the UK and I honestly am pretty shit at Geography and beyond that there’s like the whole thing where different bits of the US like to consider them North/East/West/South/their state predominantly, which makes this like. Not at all simple. 

It’s also worth noting that wandcores are something which can be traded - while a wandmaker is going to want to select the wood themselves, as only some woods can work for a wandwood, and they must therefore inspect the tree personally, the cores are required as a magical item by which they may channel magic through the wand - the wood directs, the core channels. Finding suitable wood is the hard part, the core is a much simpler thing, and, in cases such as dragon parts, is an object with legal restrictions on trade, and therefore one which cannot be collected in person. Therefore, many cores are traded, so a core from the western part of the US might be found up in Canada or on the east coast instead.

I’m going to go over canon cores and then cores from headcanoned creatures and you can pick ones which seem interesting and see if they’re found in the area you’re looking for, ok? I’ve organised both lists in the rough order of most to least powerful as a wandcore.

Canon

  • Dragon heartstring - In America this could utilise the Heartstring of the dragonish-occamy-ish Snallygaster [monsterblog post], or Heartstrings from my American Thunderwing dragons, Florida Swamp Dragons, or Canyon or River Dragons.
  • Thunderbird tail feather - [monsterblog post] A cousin to Firebird-type birds, though not of the type themselves, the feather of a Thunderbird makes for a powerful, though difficult to master core, with a knack for Transfiguration.
  • Phoenix feather - From the American Eagle-Phoenix, most likely, though sometimes traded from other specimens. You can read about the specifics of its tendencies as a core over Here on @wandmore .
  • Rougarou hair - [monsterblog post] Though strongly linked to dark magic it is more that this core is very capable. Highly self-aware and very powerful, it takes a certain measure of will to manage such a core but, once managed, is the most loyal helpmate one could ask for.
  • Veela hair - [monsterblog post] While reputed to be a temperamental core, cores of Veela hair are nonetheless powerful and are capable of being especially loyal if in the hands of someone related to the Veela who donated a hair.
  • Horned Serpent horn - [monsterblog post] Very rare. Preference for Parselmouths and resistant to magic cast on it by way of Parseltongue. Likes the intelligent.
  • Wampus cat hair - [monsterblog post] Very powerful cores, the hairs of these creatures can only be collected by Cherokee wixes who have spent time studying the creatures and how to safely interact with them - due to this, many wandmakers who use this core maintain cordial relationships with Cherokee wixes so as to maintain the trading relationship, though these interactions have been strained (and outright called off) at several points in history due to the behaviour of MACUSA.
  • Unicorn hair - [monsterblog post] Due to various reasons, Unicorns were introduced to America by immigrant wixes and, to this day, the hair is used in wandmaking due to it’s power, loyalty and reliability.
  • White River Monster spine - [monsterblog post] Very nearly only found in inherited wands, these days, it makes for a wand of force and elegance. In recent years, since the death of wandmaker Thiago Quintana, who knew how to lure the creatures, wands with this core have only been made using found spines, washed up on dead specimens.
  • Kelpie Hair - [monsterblog post] Often, though not always, imported, the hair of Kelpies is most usually a wandcore found in imported wands, though this hasn’t stopped more experimental wandmakers experimenting with it.
  • Jackalope antler - [monsterblog post] a lively core but not the strongest. Nonetheless popular with some wandmakers, as it is known to help liven up more quiet woods.
  • Kneazle Whisker - [monsterblog post] As one might suspect, not the strongest of cores, and rather an aloof and tricky one at that. Often obtained from a wixes pet and used more as a practice wand than anything else.
  • Troll whisker - [monsterblog post] A very weak core, nonetheless, one found and occasionally used, depending on region.

Headcanoned

  • Wendigo Spinal Cord - An incredibly rare and dangerous core, most wandmakers who are willing to use it will only bind it to a peaceable wood, lest it select too dangerous a wix and lend the wix means to do more harm than good. Not actively malicious, the core nonetheless likes those with a certain level of viciousness and a distinct strength of mind.
  • Vampire Venom - Usually only found in wands for the children and grandchildren of vampires, on some very rare occasions a vampire may donate a fang for the wands of their human bloodline. A very quick and subtle wandcore.
  • Dryad Hair - be it of the American Tree Dryad, or the splintery tendrils of the Swamp Dryad, these hairs are used as wand cores which do not “flavour” the wood, leaving the wood with the same personality, unaltered by the core.
  • North American Swamp Nixie Hair - Usually only donated to those who are actually related to them, they may sometimes give bundles of hair as part of alliance or trade agreements to “anchor” the promise. These hairs are usually then made into wands for the children of those who made the agreement. 
  • Pacific Moon Serpent Rib - Very rare but surprisingly powerful, the ribs of these creatures make for solid wands with a knack for reflective magics.
  • Winged Horse Feather - Be it from Volucens, Azazelan, or another breed kept in the USA, the feathers of these creatures are occasionally used as wandcores.
  • Griffin Feather - Usually from the Krizogryph, also called the Mississippi Heron Griffin, Pheasant Griffin (not the strongest) or the Rocky Mountain Griffin, these wandcores have a noble tendency.
  • American Hellhound Sinew - A dangerous wandcore in the wrong hands, it is, thankfully, not as powerful as some other cores on this list. However, when bonded to a sweet-natured wandwood, it makes for the most loyal helpmate a wix could ask for.
  • Ball-Tailed Cat Hair - Distant cousins to Wampus Cats, Splintercats and Cactus Cats, Ball-Tailed Cats are not as magically powerful as the former, though they are more powerful than the latter two. Prone to making for stubborn wands.
  • Splintercat Spines - Spines of these creatures make for accurate and almost sharp wands, though not as risky as Cactus Cat.
  • Cactus Cat Spines - Cactus Cat Spine cored wands have an unfortunate tendency to occasionally turn on the wix handling them, if they disagree on what to do, sometimes burning a wixes palm. This, however, is nothing compared to what they will do if a wix tries to steal them.
  • Chupacabra Spines - Wands made with this core are playful but curiously loyal, in that they will express as much loyalty to one their master willingly loans them to so long as the wix offers no threat to their true master.
  • Hidebehind Hair - Rather like Demiguise hair, this core can be very hard to see and is very hard to obtain. Despite this, it is not very powerful, hence it’s lack of popularity.
  • Hodag Horn - Not particularly remarkable, Hodag Horns rarely grow large enough to be of use.
  • Chama-lincis Whisker - Often very resistant to magic it is rare to find a whisker suitable for wandmaking.
  • Magical Raven Feather - Be it from Nebiros / Curious Raven, Valravn, or Nachtkrapp, these wands are not the most powerful but are not uncommon (though this varies depending on source), as they are wonderfully reliable. 
  • Ceribim Feather - Usually collected from pet specimens, such a core is not especially strong but can be interestingly flamboyant.
  • Argopelter Hair - Very rarely used due to sheer weakness and the trouble one must go to obtain, these hairs make for playful wandcores.
  • Warpgle Feather - Useful for those who might wish to enchant objects, but otherwise not particularly powerful enough.
  • Boletum crinis Tendril - A cheeky wandcore, these tend to enjoy working on jinxes, hexes and pranks, but rarely anything to do actual harm unless truly willed by their master or part of a wand with a more vicious wandwood.
DGM Characters and HP Wands

So, I’ve seen a lot of excellent interpretations of the DGM characters in different Hogwarts houses, but I’ve yet to see anyone really go too much into what kind of wands they would have (which is a pretty big deal in the HP universe).  So, I’ve decided to post what I think they might have.  (Obviously this is just my speculation, and based off what I’ve read primarily on the Pottermore site regarding wand cores and woods.  Please no negativity if you disagree! <3)


Allen Walker
Aspen, phoenix feather, 10 ¼ inches, mild flexibility.

“In my experience, aspen wand owners are generally strong-minded and determined, more likely than most to be attracted by quests and new orders; this is a wand for revolutionaries.” (Pottermore)

Allen was difficult to figure out a wand for, but this one was what I ended up going with.  I considered ash or alder, but aspen as a wood seemed more appropriate for Allen.  This wood suits individuals destined to be great duelists (which makes me think to the way Allen is believed to be the destroyer or time), and as mentioned in the quote is suited for people who are strong-minded, determined, and revolutionary.  I also believe this is the wood that Neah would have been likely to have, and that contributed to my selecting this wood for Allen as well.

Having a phoenix feather as its core would also suite Allen’s wand.  These cores are hard to control, and can even act with a will of their own - which very much reminds me of how Crown Clown can act.  


Lavi Bookman
Beech, dragon heartstring, 11 ¾ inches, high flexibility.

“The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond his or her years, and if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience.” (Pottermore)


Out of all of the woods I came across, beech seemed most appropriate for Lavi.  It appears to be a wood that suits someone who has had many insightful experiences.  This is also true for black walnut as a wood, although black walnut does not suit individuals who practice any form of self-deception (which would be an issue for Lavi given his role as a Bookman, and multiple identities).  Beech is thus what I went with.  It is also a wood that performs well for people who are open-minded, which I think Lavi is.

Dragon heartstring as a core is capable of highly powerful spells, although it can be a bit temperamental (though pairing it with beech could even that out).  This core bonds strongly with its owner, though its allegiance can be flexible.


Lenalee Lee
Poplar, unicorn hair, 10 ¾ inches, flexible.

“Here is a wand to rely upon, of consistency, strength and uniform power, always happiest when working with a witch or wizard of clear moral vision.” (Pottermore)


Poplar was a wood I found to suit Lenalee.  To me, Lenalee has a remarkable sense of moral conviction that causes her to question the Order, Innocence, and even God himself.  She still is loyal to her cause though, as well her family and friends who she loves dearly.  Lenalee consistently sacrifices herself to uphold this loyalty, integrity, and and conviction, which demonstrates an incredible amount of strength that causes me to believe poplar would be an excellent wood for her.

Unicorn hair is the core I selected for Lenalee.  Depending upon the wood, these cores are not necessarily powerful on their own.  However, they are consistent and faithful - especially to their first owners.  I personally think this loyalty to its first owner and potential protectiveness is similar to how Lenalee’s innocence evolved to help and protect her too.


Yuu Kanda
Hawthorn, unicorn hair, 12 inches, mildly rigid.

“Hawthorn wands may be particularly suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses, and I have generally observed that the hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil.” (Pottermore)


Kanda is another one who was a bit difficult to figure out.  I think the contradictory nature and duality of hawthorn is fitting though; Kanda’s history is one that is centered around death and destruction (regarding both his past incarnation and history as a second exorcist).  But, Kanda is also someone who can heal - both himself, through his regenerative abilities, and others (such as Noise Marie).  There is also a quota by Gregorovitch on Pottermore, who claims hawthorn ‘makes a strange, contradictory wand, as full of paradoxes as the tree that gave it birth, whose leaves and blossoms heal, and yet whose cut branches smell of death.’ (Which seems fitting, given Kanda’s connection to lotuses.)

Originally, I thought to give Kanda’s wand a dragon heartstring core.  However, I think unicorn hair works better in balancing out with the hawthorn.  There is also the fact that unicorns also are associated with healing - but at the expense of gaining a curse.



If you liked these, feel free to send me other DGM characters in my ask and I’ll choose a wand for them!

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SaudadeSims conversion of HolySimoly’s La Boheme set.

I have missed this set since Sims 3 came out. These are not *my* meshes!!! These were made by some of the most talented Sims creators that have ever graced our community, Flem and Shtinky of HolySimoly fame. All I have done is convert their meshes and use their textures to make these work in Sims 4. That said, it wasn’t easy because I had to edit some meshes so the height will fit and it was necessary to edit all the bedding a lot because Sims 2 bedding will not fit a Sims 4 texture map. 

So here’s what you get:

  • 10 Colors of the Wooden La Boheme Double Bed

  • 10 Colors of the Wooden La Boheme Single Bed

  • 10 Colors of the La Boheme Armoire

  • 10 Colors of the La Boheme End Table

  • 10 Colors of the Iron La Boheme Double Bed

  • 10 Colors of the Iron La Boheme Single Bed

  • 12 Colors of the La Boheme Double Bed Skirt (Valance)

  • 12 Colors of the La Boheme Single Bed Skirt (Valance)
  • 12 HolySimoly Beddings on OM’s “Sofia Selectables” Mattress


All the woods are the original La Boheme textures except I edited 3 to make plain white, plain black, and plain gray/ash/light brown so you get 10 instead of 7 color choices

The iron texture is also the original HolySimoly texture, but this time you get 5 original textures and 5 recolored by me for 10 total

The bed skirt (valance) textures are all from HolySimoly, I didn’t recolor these. I made the single bed skirt mesh by altering the double mesh.

The bed frames have been separated from the mattresses.

The bedding is from various HolySimoly Bedding downloads, there were only 3 La Boheme bedding textures, so I included ones from “The Elwood”, and “Sendai” because I like them and miss them ;) These are on OrangeMittens’ “Sofia Selectables” mesh so your sims won’t walk through them. 

The end table and the bedding can both use the ingame design tool, but I had to combine all the other objects using S4S so you can’t use the tool on those. 

I didn’t make single bedding with these textures, sorry. 

Everything has custom thumbnails, yay! :)


Download at my google drive:


Double Wood Bed Frame

Single Wood Bed Frame

Double Iron Bed Frame

Single Iron Bed Frame

Double Bed Skirt

Single Bed Skirt

Armoire

End Table

Bedding


*or*


>>Merged File with Everything!<<


Credits:

HolySimoly

Sims 4 Studio

OrangeMittens 

Woods & Herbs

I’ll be doing a series of in depth Tree Correspondences. I work with a lot of wood and often in nature, therefore I want to share some of my information with you in the hopes that it may catch your eye and help you too.

Trees by Days

This is great if you use a wand and need help selecting which type of wood you would like. It is also great for divination tools [runes/ogham], days to work specific magic with wood, and what kind of wood to place in spell bags along with herbs, etc.

Elder/Willow: Monday – Hecate/Crone Goddesses
 Holly/Elm/Cedar: Tuesday – Hunter Gods/Elves
 Hazel/Rowan: Wednesday – Goddess & Gods
 Oak/Pine: Thursday – The God
 Birch/Apple/Myrtle: Friday – The Goddess
 Alder/Hawthorn: Saturday – Fairies/Witches
 Ash/Birch/Laurel: Sunday – Elves/the Goddess

Properties of Tress & Shrubs

Use this to select wands and other tools; burn in candle spells; add chips to charms/spells, etc.

Alder: Water Magic, Strength, Foundation, Intuition, Knowledge, and Control.
Apple: Love, Spirit Food, Unicorns, Beauty, Perpetual Youth, Regeneration, Eternity (Immortality), Healing, Peace, Wisdom, and Prosperity.
Ash: Protection, Sex Magic, Study, Health, Enhance Magic, Peace, Rebirth, Awakening, Karma, and Underworld.
Aspen: Protection, Overcoming Obstacles, Intuition, Anxiety, Courage, and Otherworld Communications.
Birch: Fertility, New Beginnings, Protection, Purification, Blessing, Health, Wisdom, Witchcraft, and Vitality.
Blackthorn: Control, Stimulus, Chaos Energy, Obstacles, Friction, Challenges, Defensive Magic, Banish, Destruction, and Coercion.
Bodhi: Wisdom, Truth, Spirituality, and Magic.
Cedar: Longevity, Luck, Release, Reversal, and Prosperity.
Cherry: Accomplishment, Divination, Moods, Romance, Stimulation, and Deceit.
Chestnut: Protection, Justice, and Prosperity.
Horse Chestnut: Luck, and Healing.
Coconut: Chastity, Healing, and Purity.
Cypress: Past Life Workings, Defensive Magic, Honor, Influence, and Protection.
Elder: Healing, Prosperity, Protection, Cleansing, Grounding, Light, Life, Well-Being, Offering, Fairies, Changes, and Evolution (NEVER burn this wood).
Elm: Protection, Will Power, Pregnancy and Childbirth, and Sleep.
Eucalyptus: Healing.
Fig: Energy, Fertility, Health, and Strength.
Fir/Pine: Prosperity, Birth/Rebirth, Power, Nobility, Discretion, Objectivity, Fertility, Purification, Good Fortune, and Health.
Gorse: Opportunity, Wisdom, and Interaction.
Hawthorn: Cleaning, Marriage, Protection, Reconciliation, Purity, Fairies, Family, Fertility, Pleasure, Stimulation, and Misfortune.
Hazel: Wisdom, Creativity, Enhance Perceptiveness, Beauty, Clairvoyance, and Witchcraft Skills.
Heather: Success, Prosperity, and Gateway.
Holly: Enhances Magic, Balance, Challenges, Testing.
Ivy: Fertility, Love, Persistence, Development, and Tenacity.
Juniper: Protection, Learning, Transformation, and Harmony.
Lemon: Chastity, Divination, Healing, and Neutrality.
Lime: Chastity, Divination, Healing, and Neutrality.
Laurel: Fame, Fear, Visions, Willpower, Wishes, Determination, and Manifestations.
Linden: Immortality, Protection, Good Fortune, Sleep, and Love.
Maple: Abundance, Balance, Connections, Creativity, and Self-Work.
Rowan/Mountain Ash: Protection, Enhances Magic, Insight, Strength, and Cleansing.
Oak: Healing, Longevity, Money, Strength, Fertility, Power, Balance, Protection, Success, Truth, Courage, and Endurance.
Olive: Fidelity, Fruitfulness, Marriage, Money, Peace, Protection, Exorcism, and Security.
Orange: Love, and Marriage.
Palm: Strength.
Peach: Divination, and Love.
Poplar: Success, Recognition, and Fame.
Red Oak: Inner Transformation
Vine (Grape or Berry): Happiness, Introspection, Rebirth/Renewal, Transitions, and Ancestry.
Willow: Moon Magic, Psychic Power, Spirits, Death Passage, Intuition, Flexibility, and Crone Energy.
Walnut: Healing, and Protection.
Yew: Transformation, Psychic Awareness, Spirits, Death Passage, Immortality (DO NOT BURN)

Wands: The Basics

Okay so I promised a post on wands right? Here are some basic tips and tricks I’ve gathered over about 5 years of wand making. ( I guess as a semi-pro? I don’t really know the qualifications here but I make them and sell/give them to people…) I have learned a lot over the years about wandlore and even more about the art of wand making itself. In this post we will be examining the latter.

  • First and foremost in this creative process is wood selection! though it usually takes the least amount of physical work the energy expended hunting the info for the perfect wood can be exhausting. To make it easier on yourself check out what wood you can source locally then once you know that study those woods first. 
  • Gathering the wood that will be your wand is a bit of an adventure sometimes. Personally I have ninja’d my way through willow branches next to a highway on the side of a building (with the owner’s permission) for that perfect piece, and I have even seen someone climb 80ft. into a tree to recover a branch that had been struck by lightning! Best practice dictates that we use primarily ‘’deadfall’’ for our art, but its not always the will of the universe that we find a pre-fallen branch. Also occasionally a tree may even invite you to take its branch for your tool. In these cases its always important that we thank the tree for its offering and give something to it in return, such as a nice organic fertilizer or a decorative offering. I always like to use cut sealer where I take the branch as well to ensure the best healing.
  • It is the most common tradition that the wand match the length from your fingertip to the crook of your elbow. Personally I don’t hold with an exact form of measurement and prefer to let the wood show me its base and its tip. 
  • Many people hold that the energy flows through the wand more efficiently if it follows the direction of growth. While this may not always be the case I have found it to be correct more often than not. 
  • There is a large debate on whether or not the use of stains and sealers affect the wand in a negative way. Rather than dig up that debate now I will say that it is entirely possible to achieve all of the aesthetic results that you get from those products in a natural way. To me that says quite simply: Why do it any other way? But to each their own. :)
  • Bark removal is easiest while the branch is still fresh so that is the time to decide if you are going to want to leave some on for handle material. Once the decision is made and executed I like to let the branch sit for about a month to dry out. You can speed this up to a few hours with a baking sheet and and oven set to 350(Fahrenheit). 
  • To achieve a silky smooth finish without the use of sealers gradual sanding can be used. Start at a medium grade sandpaper and work your way down to a very fine grit. Finish with a ‘wet or dry’ sandpaper (very fine) and use your preferred oil while sanding. You might wear gloves because you want to achieve a decent level of heat from the friction. 

That concludes a rather lengthy tips and tricks post on wands. I will post some photos of wands I have in waiting for context sometime in the next day or so. I will be sure to label each with pertinent info for your viewing pleasure. As always if you have any questions shoot em my way I will expand further upon request. 

Walk strong!

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✞ Cunning Man I/II/III ✞

mixed media & found objects
12x12 wood panels

Creation:

I selected two Fultons from the week I was in NYC in November, as well as one from previous shows. It took hours searching for the right pieces in antique stores, and altering ones I’d discovered. I tried to use pieces from the 30’s and 40’s as often as possible. My only rules were no salt and no birds.

When you look at these, imagine standing at the podium in the Tailor’s shop. Malcolm might run past at any second.

Context:

Sometimes hopelessness creeps into your heart and by the time it is choking you, you no longer have the will to stamp it down. By the time I was supposed to head to NYC for my Thanksgiving trip, I was asking anyone I could: should I even be going? Why should I be doing this when things are so dark, and so many people are unhappy? I wasn’t looking for permission as much as someone to give me a concrete explanation of why I should bother continuing to exist.

With one foot off the ledge, I reluctantly boarded the plane. I debated giving my shows away, but @nodoubtaholic told me to fly away from the bullshit, threatened violence, and came out every night to stand in line with me and kept my Doom stuffed in a suitcase back at my hotel.

Then, two things happened that brought these pieces (and me) into existence:

✞ Since I wasn’t getting out of the shows, I gave myself a task, something I could do every show. I’d do a little survey of different Fultons and how they cast their spell with the bird during the end of the loop. Every performer does something different, and while I’ve watched this scene dozens of times, focusing on it above all else gave me a new appreciation for how simple little gestures or meticulous placement of pieces can make it such a complex act. Did they use salt? Pins?

✞  Annabella sat down next to me in the bar and asked how I was doing and I was honest with her. I asked her the same thing I’d been asking everyone, and expressed my hesitation to come to the shows. She spoke about transitions and of people finally waking up and connecting, and many other things that were personal and relevant to me and I absolutely needed to hear. And she gave me a task: Go to a museum. Look at art. Look at the best of what humanity has done. She talked about how coming to the show was also supporting art and artists and how very important that was right now. By the end of meeting with her, I felt the poison vines of hopelessness beginning to shrivel.

By the time I got home, I resolved to continue living, and recommit to being creative. The show has always been a great source of inspiration to me, and it is essential that the first things I created after returning home were born of watching Fulton.



PS: Thank you for everyone who checked in on me, offered support, and love. I know that many of us aren’t having the best times. You can always message me if you need someone to talk to. You’re important & we need you here.

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This is the ‘Totem’ end table. It is the result of a project that I completed during the introductory half of the 9-month fine furniture program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA. The project briefing laid out four criteria words that were meant to frame the design and construction of our first piece of furniture: sweet, simple, small, and solid. (solid excludes plywood or veneering)

Amongst an invaluable list of woodworking techniques, this project was primarily an exercise in building a piece of furniture that regarded the properties of solid wood, selecting and arranging complimentary grain patterns, using hand tools to fit and finish the components, cutting dovetail joinery, and constructing drawers to fit the cabinet.

The idea for making an end table began with a personal need for low night stands in my own bedroom setting. The idea evolved, along with dimensions and compartments, into a piece of furniture that could also serve as a living room end table and organizational unit. The scale and function of the unit is meant for a small living space.

The main body of the cabinet is made with American Red Elm. The legs, drawer pulls, joinery dowels, and rear nailing strip are made with Kwila. The drawer boxes are made from White Oak.

This low end table is one of a matching set.

Dalish mages
Magic and those who wield it are revered amongst the Dalish, a living part of their history that still remains with their people. Elven mages are held as the closest thing to the ancient elves a mortal elf can come, a sign that the humans have not taken everything that they once possessed. This is why the Keeper is the most respected of the clan elders, and why they are looked to for guidance. Mages are held in such esteem that even clans who refuse to take in city elves, deeming them lost, may hesitate before turning away an elven mage (for instance Thelhen in the Masked Empire, when he suspected Felassan of trying to get him to “adopt a stay” (Briala) he asked if she was “at least a mage” since as a city elf they consider her of no value, but as a mage she has some).

Magic is however becoming rarer amongst the Dalish, and clans that have already selected their First that have other mages will pass some of them on to mageless sister clans to keep magic alive amongst their people.  Generally they will chose young children who are not old enough to have formed clear memories or attachments to their birth clan, in the hopes that this will help them transition into life with their new clan easier. Parents are permitted to move with their children. Older mages are allowed to volunteer to leave for another clan. No Dalish can be forced against their will to join another clan, although refusals are often frowned upon and can occasionally end in clan feuds.

To keep magic alive, Dalish mages are generally encouraged to bond and breed with other mages.

All mages are immediately sent to the Clan Keeper to be trained the moment their magic manifests. This does not immediately guarantee that they will be First however (unless of course they are the only magically gifted elf in their clan by adulthood) as the position of First isn’t set in stone until adulthood and all magical children with strong enough magical talent are eligible for the role. Competition to be Clan First is particularly… brutal isn’t the word, but the position of Keeper is an important one, and one many may aspire to.

In childhood Dalish mage children are taught that their magic is the gift of their ancestors, but although it is a gift it is one with responsibilities and much potential danger if not treated carefully and with respect (comparisons are often made to Halla, who are beautiful and strong and also a gift of the ancestors, but will cause pain to those who treat them badly or disrespect them). They are trained to control their abilities, understand magic and the Fade, how to resist demons and how to cast basic useful spells, as well as having the same duties and receiving the same education as the rest of the clan’s children (hunting and gathering, assisting the clan hahrens and so forth). They also receive the same education in basic elven history as the other children.

Through their basic childhood training, the Keeper watches their students and observes which of them they feel would be best suited for the role(s) of their apprentice(s). No elf is eligible for the role until adulthood, after receiving their vallaslin. First and Second are generally chosen by the Keeper based on magical ability and aptitude and passion for learning and recovering elven history.

Upon being selected as First, the mage in question is given their first staff. Rituals and ceremonies based around this differ from clan to clan. In some the new First is taken to place of import to the elven people where trees grow. There the mage selects a tree, takes wood from it and fashions their first staff under the tutalage of the Keeper. In others the First is presented a staff made for them in a ceremony before the whole clan.

It isn’t until being made First or Second that a mage starts their advanced studies into elven lore, and begins training to lead and advise the clan as Keeper. Mages who do not become First or Second (and do not get passed on to other clans) go on to be regular members of the clan, albeit ones with magical ability.

Mages are free to pass over the position of First, though in clans with few mages this is generally not looked upon favourably.

Magic is still rarely performed amongst the clans as there isn’t much call for it to be used. Magic is used for combat, healing, providing magical protection (such as wards around the camp to deter demons and sylvans and such) and clearing paths in the forests when traveling or settling in such areas. Since the Dalish typically make their camps in areas where the Veil is thin they prefer not to use magic to much as doing so tends to weaken the Veil further and cause the creation of setheneran (meaning demons, sylvans and walking corpses would be turning up everywhere)

Mages do not usually wear robes, and aside from the Keeper and First they do not use staves and appear and are treated exactly the same as the rest of their clan, making identification of mages impossible for outsiders due to the perception that mages are robe-clad figures bearing glowing staves and magical tomes. This has lead to the misconception amongst outsiders that Dalish clans have a limit of three mages. This misconception is encouraged by the Dalish, in the hopes that it will discourage templar attention and other hostile reactions from human societies and their violent fear and hatred of magic.