LumberJocks

Cocobolo wand - nearing completion

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dragonstaar posted 1316 days ago 1442 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK – these photos document the second phase of the Cocobolo techno-geek wand. A friend of mine provides the mysterious internal workings.

Prior to turning, the ends of the blank were drilled to match the widest part of the electronic components. A small hole was drilled (using a REALLY long bit) connecting the two compartments for wiring.

After turning was completed, holes were drilled on the sides of the handle to accept brass touchplates (complete with mystical symbols) that, when both are touched, complete an electrical connection to light up the wand. Battery & logic board are placed in a brass tube, covered with a brass button, inserted into handle and secured with a small brass screw.

The point accommodates a circuit board with a total of 9 different colored LED diodes (3 for the crystal and 3 each for the two side lights). Placement holes were drilled on the sides where genuine moonstones will be attached (moonstones are transparent enough to show changing colors of the LEDs). A quartz crystal was fixed into a brass sleeve using clear epoxy, then slid into place over the LEDs.

Oh yeah, and through a magical process completely unknown to me, a small computer chip is programmed to drive each set of LED diodes independently, and somehow all this is wired up to make this beautifully geeky wand. Or is that geekily beautiful?

All that remains is setting the moonstones and making a low-light video showing the lights in action.

-- Susannah, Melbourne FL





8 comments so far

View knife's profile

knife

47 posts in 2014 days


#1 posted 1316 days ago

looks great. can’t wait to see the final.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

View 2xmahi's profile

2xmahi

58 posts in 1776 days


#2 posted 1316 days ago

wow, where did u get that piece on the end?? looks great…

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/hotoffthelathe

View Mathew Nedeljko's profile

Mathew Nedeljko

576 posts in 2335 days


#3 posted 1316 days ago

Ollivander would be very proud of this wand! Very interesting build, I really like the brassworks and the turning itself is gorgeous.

Is this for your own use or are you making for someone else?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

View imallchalkedup's profile

imallchalkedup

393 posts in 1487 days


#4 posted 1316 days ago

Pretty darn cool looking wand, very nicely done.

-- RStadler

View KayBee's profile (online now)

KayBee

980 posts in 1751 days


#5 posted 1316 days ago

Too fun! And it’s not done yet?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile

WistysWoodWorkingWonders

11628 posts in 1662 days


#6 posted 1311 days ago

wow, that is the nicest wand I have seen to date… nicely done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

View Tribalwind's profile

Tribalwind

69 posts in 1665 days


#7 posted 1293 days ago

that is Beautiful!
i’ve made a lot of wands for friends and demos at holiday events (beltane,samhain,mabon etc)
i prefer keeping them very natural/rustic and not usually a fan of the ornate spindle styles but i LOVE the touchlamp and crystal idea !
i’d be very interested in learning more about the internals :)

B B

matthew

-- Matthew,Long island ny. www.tribalwind.com

View dustprocrastinator's profile

dustprocrastinator

61 posts in 1191 days


#8 posted 975 days ago

Neat wand!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase