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Known wand woods, their properties and characteristics

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Wand Wood Guide

Acacia

 

Acacia Wood A very unusual wand wood which creates tricky wands that often refuse to produce magic for any but their owner, and also withhold their best effects from all but those most gifted.

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree    -    Available & in stock
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Acacia wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Wonderful grain on this unusual but lovely wood, which is almost yellow at times and creates wands with a rougher texture

 

Alder


Alder wood wand The ideal owner of Alder wand is not stubborn or obstinate, but often helpful, considerate and most likeable. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Alder wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - One of our favourite woods to use, creating great structure and texture when worked.

 

Apple

apple wood wand custom harry potter wand pottermoreApplewood wands are not made in great numbers. They are powerful and best suited to an owner of high aims and ideals, as this wood mixes poorly with Dark magic. 

Apple Wand WoodWand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Apple wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Like all the fruitwoods it can be a little brittle but has a wonderful reddy brown colour to it.
 

 

 

Ash 

English Ash Wand WoodAsh wands cling to its one true master and ought not to be passed on or gifted from the original owner, because it will lose power and skill. Those witches and wizards best suited to ash wands are not lightly swayed from their beliefs or purposes. The ideal owner may be stubborn, and will certainly be courageous, but never crass or arrogant.

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock ( Including some 200 year old recycled planks with a wonderful dark / pale two tone patina. 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Ash wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Super strong, pale ash with it's big sweeping grain is a beauty when left pale. 

 

Aspen

The proper owner of the aspen wand is often an accomplished duellist, or destined to be so, for the aspen wand is one of those particularly suited to martial magic. An infamous and secretive eighteenth-century duelling club, which called itself the Silver Spears, was reputed to admit only those who owned aspen wands. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Unavailable 

 

Beech

Beech Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore The true match for a beech wand will be, if young, wise beyond his or her years, and if full-grown, rich in understanding and experience. Beech wands perform very weakly for the narrow-minded and intolerant. When properly matched, the beech wand is capable of a subtlety and artistry rarely seen in any other wood, hence its lustrous reputation.

Beech Wand Wood Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Beech wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Very strong ( often used for chairs ) we like the little black dashes which show up in this pale almost pink wood. 

 

Birch

Birch Wand wood The Hogsmeade branch was known to sell wands made from birch. Best finished in a blonde shellac for a lighter tone these are the most flexible and swishy of wands. 

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Birch wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - As a softwood it doesn't take carving very well as it's fibres are quiet large, but we've just got some new stock in with a colour range to die for. Look out for some wonderfully contrasting coloured wands soon. 
 

 

Blackthorn

Blackthorn timber, wood for wandmaking Blackthorn wands, which is a very unusual wand wood, has the reputation of being best suited to a warrior. These wands appear to need to pass through danger or hardship with their owners to become truly bonded. Given this condition, the blackthorn wand will become as loyal and faithful a servant as one could wish.

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Not available ( in stock  and drying )  
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Blackthorn wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - A very prickly customer to harvest from a hedge in the Devon countryside. The thorns are two inches long and nearly took the eye out of our senior wandmaker ! 

 

Black Walnut 

Less common than the standard walnut wand, that of black walnut seeks a master of good instincts and powerful insight. Black walnut is a very handsome wood, but not the easiest to master. Paired with a sincere, self-aware owner, however, it becomes one of the most loyal and impressive wands of all, with a particular flair in all kinds of charmwork.

Cedar

Cedar Wand Wood The Cedar wand finds its perfect home where there is perspicacity and perception.  The witch or wizard who is well-matched with cedar carries the potential to be a frightening adversary, which often comes as a shock to those who have thoughtlessly challenged them.

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available in stock  
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Cedar  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Our very favorite wood, the smell released is like incense, and the timber is a great combination of strong and flexible for wandmaking.  

 

 

Cherry

Cherry Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore A wonderful red when finished, Cherry wood is a highly praised and sought after wood among Mahoutokoro students in Japan and we find it popular with scandinavians and americans. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Cherry wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Like all the fruitwoods it can be a little brittle but has a wonderful reddy brown colour to it and often has lots of interesting figure in the grain. 

 

Chestnut 

Chestnut Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore Chestnut wands prefer witches and wizards who are skilled tamers of magical beasts, those who possess great gifts in Herbology, and those who are natural fliers.

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Chestnut wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Deep fibres make this wood wonderful if you like texture and structure to your wand and the range of colours it suits are remarkable. 

 

Cypress

Cypress wands are said to be well-matched to wizards who are self-sacrificing and willing to die a heroic death. 

Cypress wand wood Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Cypress wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Just a great wood - we LOVE it.  

 

Dogwood 

Dogwood Dogwood wands are quirky and mischievous; they have playful natures and insist upon partners who can provide them with scope for excitement and fun. It would be quite wrong, however, to deduce from this that dogwood wands are not capable of serious magic when called upon to do so; they have been known to perform outstanding spells under difficult conditions, and when paired with a suitably clever and ingenious witch or wizard, can produce dazzling enchantments. Dogwood wands refuse to perform non-verbal spells and they are often rather noisy.

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Not Available  
Wands -  NA 
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Grown in the UK as an ornamental plant it's fresh shoots are bright red and wonderful to look at, so it's chopped back every year before it reaches wand size. This makes it very rare for wandmakers who don't want to tell fibs about their wand woods. 

Ebony 

Ebony wands have an impressive appearance and reputation, being highly suited to all manner of combative magic, and to Transfiguration. Ebony is happiest in the hand of those with the courage to be themselves. Frequently non-conformist, highly individual or comfortable with the status of outsider. The ebony wand’s perfect match is one who will hold fast to his or her beliefs, no matter what the external pressure, and will not be swayed lightly from their purpose. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     We choose not to use this wood new, as it is so environmentally unfriendly ( although we occasionally find an old piece we can recycle ) Instead we use a close grained tropical hardwood ( like Sapele ) and stain it to a deep ebony colour. 

 

Elder

Elder is the rarest wand wood of all, and reputed to be deeply unlucky, elder wands are trickier to master than any other. They contain powerful magic, but scorn to remain with any owner who is not the superior of his or her company; it takes a remarkable wizard to keep an elder wand for any length of time. Only a highly unusual person will find their perfect match in elder, and on the rare occasion when such a pairing occurs, it may be taken as certain that the witch or wizard in question is marked out for a special destiny. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Unavailable

 

Elm

Elm Wand wood Elm wands prefer owners with presence, magical dexterity and a certain native dignity. Of all wand woods, elm produces the fewest accidents, the least foolish errors, and the most elegant charms and spells; these are sophisticated wands, capable of highly advanced magic in the right hands.

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Elm  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - We love the pale specles in elm, colour varies from a mucky ornage to almost a green grey colour in the raw, it's fibrous and this creates wands with a wonderful texture in the hand. 

 

English Oak 

Old English Oak Wand wood A wand for good times and bad, this is a friend as loyal as the wizard who deserves it. Wands of English oak demand partners of strength, courage and fidelity. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Oak wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  -  There is a reason ships were made of this, it's very hard and very strong as well as beautiful. 

 

Fir

Fir wands demand staying power and strength of purpose in their true owners, and that they are poor tools in the hands of the changeable and indecisive. Fir wands are particularly suited to transfiguration, and favour owners of focused, strong-minded and, occasionally, intimidating demeanour. Fir wands are called 'the survivor's wand.' 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Fir wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Soft, broad grained and bouncy, stain it dark for a wonderful subtle contrast in the growth rings

 

Hawthorn

hawthorn timberHawthorn wands may be particularly suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses, and it has been generally observed that the hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil. Hawthorn is not easy to master, however, and one should only ever consider placing a hawthorn wand in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Hawthorn wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  -  There is almost a citrus smell when working with hawthorn, we love the way the wand workshop is scented at the end of carving a hawthorn wand.

  

Hazel 

Hazel Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore Hazel wands often reflects its owner’s emotional state, and works best for a master who understands and can manage their own feelings. Others should be very careful handling a hazel wand if its owner has recently lost their temper, or suffered a serious disappointment, because the wand will absorb such energy and discharge it unpredictably. It is capable of outstanding magic in the hands of the skilful, and is so devoted to its owner that it often ‘wilts’ at the end of their master's life. Hazel wands also have the unique ability to detect water underground, and will emit silvery, tear-shaped puffs of smoke if passing over concealed springs and wells. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -    Not currently in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Hazel wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - As a pale and very flexible timber you can see why so many bronze age artifacts ( like spoons ) are carved from Hazel. A truly special and ancient wood

 

Holly

Holly timber Holly wands work most happily for those who may need help overcoming a tendency to anger and impetuosity. At the same time, holly wands often choose owners who are engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest. 

 Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 

 

Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Holly wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Rather prickly to source the holly wood is very pale but sometimes has some lovely black lines between the growth rings, which give a unique character to each wand

  

Hornbeam 

Hornbeam Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore Hornbeam selects for its life mate the talented witch or wizard with a single, pure passion, which some might call obsession - more kindly - vision, which will almost always be realised. Hornbeam wands adapt more quickly than almost any other to their owner’s style of magic, and will become so personalised, so quickly, that other people will find them extremely difficult to use even for the most simple of spells. Hornbeam wands likewise absorb their owner’s code of honour, whatever that might be, and will refuse to perform acts - whether for good or ill - that do not tally with their master’s principles. A particularly fine-tuned and sentient wand.

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Hornbeam wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - One of our favourites, a harder timber which takes more effort to carve, but with a lovely variation of colours within it.

 

Larch

Larch wands have a reputation for instilling confidence and courage in the user. Larch always creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realise the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match.

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Larch wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - A softer wood which has quite large grain patterns, like many of the softwoods doesn't take detailed carving well but when sanded and stained retains lovely patterns. 

 

Laurel 

It is said that a laurel wand cannot perform a dishonourable act, although, in the quest for glory (a not uncommon goal for those best suited to these wands), laurel wands have been known to perform powerful and sometimes lethal magic. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Laurel  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Not a wand wood for young children, it's not the safest in the mouth due to the natural poisons which stop many insects eating this tree and can give apprentice wandmakers a dicky tummy. Still, a lovely pale colour and close grain. 

 

Mahogany 

Mahogany Wand Wood The mahogany tree symbolises strength, safety, protectiveness, and practicality.  

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Mahogany  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - The close grain and deep colour of this wood makes it a perennial favourite

  

Maple

Their ideal owner are nature travellers and explorers; they are not stay-at-home wands, and prefer ambition in their witch or wizard, otherwise their magic grows heavy and lacklustre. Fresh challenges and regular changes of scene cause this wand to literally shine, burnishing itself as it grows, with its partner, in ability and status. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Maple  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Super tough to work, maple is really hard and munches our carving tools daily. Still this is an advantage in a wand for the ages ! 

 

Pear 

Pear Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore Pear wands produce wands of splendid magical powers. Possessors of pear wands are, usually popular and well-respected. They are also the most resilient.  

Pear Wand Wood Timber Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in Pear  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - The most fabulous blush pink colour with streaks, it's close to apple in flexbility but just a bit pinker. 

 

Pine

Pine wands always chooses an independent, individual master who may be perceived as a loner, intriguing and perhaps mysterious. Pine wands enjoy being used creatively, and unlike some others, will adapt un-protestingly to new methods and spells. Many wandmakers insist that pine wands are able to detect, and perform best for, owners who are destined for long lives. The pine wand is one of those that is most sensitive to non-verbal magic.  

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Pine  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - A furniture staple for a reason - wonderful 

 

Poplar ( Aka Tulipwood ) 

Poplar Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore Poplar wands rely upon, of consistency, strength and uniform power, always happiest when working with a witch or wizard of clear moral vision. The existence of these wands and its owners was cited as evidence against a myth that poplar wands never chose politicians.  

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Poplar  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Lovely to work with, a little like willow it can be fibrous but is very flexible and fun to work.
 

 

Redwood

Redwood Wand Harry Potter solid wood magic wand pottermore Redwood wands are strongly attracted to witches and wizards who already possess the admirable ability to fall on their feet, to make the right choice, to snatch advantage from catastrophe. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -   Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Redwood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Looks fabulous stained dark where the broad grain pattern takes up the stain differentl giving real texture. 

 

Rowan

Rowan wands generally produce powerful, hard to break Defensive Charms. Rowan wands was also noted for its believed disassociation with the Dark Arts. Perhaps for these reasons, rowan has become associated with pure-hearted wizards, though it is noted that rowan wands can also match or even outperform others in duels. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Unavailable
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available - NA 
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Really hard to find in usable quantities, in the wild you can spot this one with it's bright red/orange berries 

Silver Lime

Silver Lime Wand wood Timber Silver lime is an incredibly unusual and attractive wood that works best for Seers and those skilled at Legilimency. It was greatly in vogue in the nineteenth century when the demand outstripped supply, causing some wandmakers to dye other wood in effort to fool purchasers into believing they had purchased a silver lime wand. Happily our silver lime is very much real and ready for any custom wand order.  

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Silver Lime  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Working with this wood is like a citrus shower gel burst, it's named for it's smell not it's colour ( ask us when you order and we can send you a packet of sawdust to sniff ! ) 

Spruce

Spruce Wand woodSpruce wands require particular deftness to work with spruce, which produces wands that are ill-matched with cautious or nervous natures, becoming positively dangerous in fumbling fingers. Spruce wands require a firm hand, because it often appears to have its own ideas about what magic it ought to be called upon to produce. However, when a spruce wand meets its match is a bold spell-caster with a good sense of humour and it becomes a superb helper, intensely loyal to their owners and capable of producing particularly flamboyant and dramatic effects. 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Spruce  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Broad grained light and flexible, best in larger diameters where the grain patterns really show

Sycamore

The sycamore makes a questing wand, eager for new experience and losing brilliance if engaged in mundane activities. It is a quirk of these handsome wands that they may combust if allowed to become ‘bored,’ and many witches and wizards, settling down into middle age, are disconcerted to find their trusty wand bursting into flame in their hand as they ask it, one more time, to fetch their slippers. As may be deduced, the sycamore’s ideal owner is curious, vital and adventurous, and when paired with such an owner, it demonstrates a capacity to learn and adapt that earns it a rightful place among the world's most highly-prized wand woods.   

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Sycamore  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Bouncy, flexible and full of character features, close grained so great for carving into. 

 

Walnut

Walnut wand wood Timber Walnut wands are often found in the hands of magical innovators and inventors; this is a handsome wood possessed of unusual versatility and adaptability. Walnut wands will, once subjugated, perform any task its owner desires, provided that the user is of sufficient brilliance.  

 

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Walnut  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - A classic timber for a reason, strong and wonderful to work with, especially when darker areas contrast with he natural reddy brown colour

 

Willow

Willow Wand  Harry potter real wood wands solid wood pottermore wands Willow is an uncommon wand wood with healing power, and their ideal owner is often has some (usually unwarranted) insecurity, however well they may try and hide it. They have handsome appearance and well-founded reputation for enabling advanced, non-verbal magic, the willow wands there have consistently selected those of greatest potential, rather than those who feel they have little to learn.  

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Willow  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Fantastically pale timber which is very fibrous and flexible. A lovely wand wood, even after sanding it can appear fluffy ! 

 

Yew

Yew wand wood Timber Yew wands are among the rarer kinds, and their ideal matches are likewise unusual, and occasionally notorious. However, it is untrue to say (as those unlearned in wandlore often do) that those who use yew wands are more likely to be attracted to the Dark Arts than another. The witch or wizard best suited to a yew wand might equally prove a fierce protector of others. Wands hewn from these most long-lived trees have been found in the possession of heroes quite as often as of villains. Where wizards have been buried with wands of yew, the wand generally sprouts into a tree guarding the dead owner’s grave. What is certain, is that the yew wand never chooses either a mediocre or a timid owner.    

Wand timber from a responsibly sourced British tree     -     Available & in stock 
Wands - See our previously sold and currently available wands in  Yew  wood  
Our Master Wandmakers say  - Nothing achieves the vibrant colour of yew and the range, from deep red to almost pale white is a treat to work with 

 

Currently Available wand woods from the Master Wandmakers at BritishOriginals. June 2018 

Yew wand wood timber

Currently available wand woods; 
Acacia, Apple, Ash, Alder, Beech, Birch, Black Walnut,  Chestnut, Cypress, Cedar, Cherry, Elm, Fir, Holly,  Hornbeam,  Hawthorn,   Laburnum, Laurel,  Larch,  Lime, Mahogany,  Maple, Oak, Pine, Pear,  Poplar,  Redwood, Rose, Sapele, Sweet Chestnut, Spruce, Sycamore, Silver Lime, Teak, Tulipwood, Black Walnut, Walnut Willow, Yew, Yellow Pine, 
( some rarer woods will attract a small extra charge ) Which you can add to your basket at checkout. 
Alder, Acacia, Holly, Hawthorn,  Silver Lime, Black Walnut
( When available )
Hazel, Rowan, Elder, Dogwood, Blackthorn ( In stock but drying ), Aspen, Rosewood, 

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