|Project by Stephen Mines||posted 02-20-2011 06:52 PM||3139 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
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)