WANDLORE: The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magic Tool
Author: Alferian Gwydion Maclir
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
ISBN Number: 978-0738720029
Publication Date: 8 July 2011
Reviewed by: CalonDdraig
A review by Dafydd Monks
When asked to review this book, my thoughts on the subject of wand making and wandlore were rather mixed; I don't really use magical tools much, and in truth had never made a wand, save for using the natural gifts of the forest (twigs). I was sceptical that such a subject could merit the 400-odd pages of the book... after all, what's to making a wand? Well...
This book isn't just a work on the actual mechanics of making a wand and the materials used – or even the magical associations behind such; it is in fact a broadly rounded work with much scope, which pays plenty of attention to every possible aspect of wand making: it is much more. Most importantly, it really examines the background reasons and associations – the why behind the what.
The book starts off with history and background to the use of wands; however, quickly you are made aware of the origins of the wand (the tree its self) and are presented with a ''becoming the tree'' meditation, which really sets your mind thinking about the depth of what you're doing for the chapters ahead. I was impressed by the depth given to the elemental, astrological and spiritual associations of each tree that are discussed in detail: this allows a good choice of wood to be made and appropriate thought given to it's preparation. The same treatment is given to minerals used also; for wand points, etc. What I wasn't expecting was this attitude extended to, and discussed about metals – I'd not thought of metal in correspondence to wands before, and beyond obvious structural pieces, this information can be applied to really mundane stuff like wire, etc used in the fabrication of the wand.
Thorough information is given on the art of making the wand – this can be as simple or as complex as you choose; although as an amateur woodworker, it was nice to have topics like polishing and finishing discussed alongside carving, etc.
The book closes with a ritual of dedication for your new wand, information on ways to use it and a summing up of final thoughts...
This book really is a gem and a real eye opener for me! It puts some magic into what can seem like a dull subject! This is the first, last, and only book you need on this subject it is so comprehensive!
Magic, Wands, Alferian Gwydion Maclir,