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Project by Stephen Mines posted 1250 days ago 2292 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a ‘Magic’ wand, made from Pink Ivory wood, a phenomenal wood to work with: very strong, very tight grain, and a surprising bubble gum pink color. It is probably the rarest wood available (and costs accordingly!). The piece this was made from was 2” X 2” X 34” and cost me $126.00! You don’t throw those short ends and cut-offs away! The wand finished is 1.65” diameter X 29.5” long, has a ‘halo’ of czs near the tip end and an Austrian crystal tip. It features a three lead pierced section…the real tricky part. The piercing goes along just fine until the final cut that separates the three leads… it is always a tense time for me…it either finishes intact or explodes like a hand grenade and ends up all over the shop, and that Humpty Dumpty ain’t ever going back together again! The base is a piece of natural Redwood driftwood burl painted black. The wand stands were turned out of 1.25” brass hex stock, shaped like a piece of jewelery and plated with 24 caret gold. This wand was entered in the Design In Wood show at he Del Mar, CA county fair. The competition was really stiff that year but this wand got a 3rd place ribbon and the small honorarium that went with it, and more importantly, it sold due to the exhibit! That makes it a winner in my book! The last picture is an ‘actual performance photograph’ taken at the fair and (partly due to the fact that it is under glass) is a bad shot…but it is still part of the story.

The wand is in the collection of John Davidson, Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)





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Jack_T

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#1 posted 1249 days ago

Very nice turning. Interesting wood; I never heard of it before.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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Pawky

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#2 posted 1249 days ago

That’s an expensive wand not even considering your time in it! It looks great

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peteg

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#3 posted 1249 days ago

This rare piece of timber (I have never heard of) has been given the respect it obviously deserves, lovely craftmanship Stephen

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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mtnwild

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#4 posted 1249 days ago

Well you put in that lathe picture to throw me off, I think. I thought after the first wand then the rest were just an abracadabra away. You know you make one and the rest are magically formed from the master wand.
I guess they are just formed by the master.
Don’t know how you do that without a machinist lathe, but that’s really beautiful. Fine work…............
Oh yea, beautiful choice of wood…..................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Xodus

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#5 posted 1247 days ago

Amazing work, truly magical.

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EPJartisan

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

yowza baby… I am blown away again. I’ve always wanted to do something this elaborate, but I usually custom make wands, so it is an issue of time and money. But this inspires me to make more of what I want and just get it out there. I got two decent wand size chunks of Pink Ivory from my In-laws…I am working on one that has a blue LED in the tip. Thanks for the posts.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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Stephen Mines

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#7 posted 1239 days ago

Hey Eric, Just re-read this post (above) of yours). I’d be very interested in how your LED wand(s) turn out…I bought a whole bunch of LEDs about a year ago, to try to apply to my ‘mini’ wands, just as an added giggle to whomever; got blue, yellow, white and red. To date I’ve not had the ‘ertia to play with them but I placed one red laser in one of the wands (on the ‘Tree Of Wandsl 1995 that I’ll be posting in projects in the near future. Another cased wand that I declared ‘finished’ in 2007 (and have been worrying changes into ever since!) has one of the tough green lasers installed. With the simple, faceted Austrian crystal tips I use alot the laser creates an OMG effect. The tips burst with light and dots of light bounce off the walls. And my research assures me that the refracted laser light isn’t going to cause any inadvertant lasic surgery. Please keep me in your thots as you diddle with your LED wand, we can compare notes.

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 1239 days ago

I’ve put crystals on the end of my two wands and was thinking a light behind different colored crystals would be cool.
Just a thought on the light thing….....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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EPJartisan

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#9 posted 1198 days ago

Hey Stephen, I took some pictures of the Pink Ivory wand I am working on..
I had to split the Pink Ivory to add the wires.. I am not happy with the glue line, but the blue LED looks great.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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