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Avalon Wand by Lolair Avalon Wand by Lolair
Avalon stems from "abal", a Celtic word for apple. This lovely wand is handcarved from applewood from a branch trimmed from one of the organic heirloom apple trees in the orchard on my parent's homestead. I handcarved this wand with Celtic inspired spirals reminiscent of the carved stones found in the Highlands and Islands of the UK, and also carved an apple blossom bud finial to reflect the spirit of the sacred apple tree. The wand is finished with a natural beeswax and almond oil mixture bringing out the natural colour and grain of the beautiful apple wood.

The apple tree was held sacred by the ancient Druids and other ancient cultures. It is a tree of life, death, and rebirth. It is believed the Druids used apple wood for their wands and staffs. Apple was a highly regarded sacred tree, in ancient Celtic law the punishment for harming or cutting down an apple tree would've been a torturous death. The apple is also associated with the mysteries of witchcraft as when cut in two the seeds form a pentagram. Apples are used in many folk magic spells for love, healing, and longevity. This tree and its wood have long been associated with the Otherworld, magic, and the fairies.

This wand would be a beautiful addition to any magical practitioner's ritual tools, or a great gift for someone who follows the path of the Druids or of natural magic and witchcraft.

It measures the traditional wand length of from the inside of the crook of the elbow, to the tip of the index finger - approximately 15.5 inches (40cm)
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PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The swirls are really well done! What tool did you use for them?
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Lolair Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! A knife and sandpaper.
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athenadaughters Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
i love it!
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Lykaios Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Love the swirlies :3
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Lolair Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :w00t:
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dancingkatz1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
I love the simplicity of this wand. It is so simple but elegantly, beautiful! I absolutely love it!
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Lolair Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
I enjoyed carving this one so much that I'm now carving two more wands. It's been a long time since I've carved wands! I missed it, it's my meditation :meditation:
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relikstheblue Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
very Nice Very good carving skills you got there :)
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