Earth Elementalist's Wand. 4th Edition. Wand of Stealth. Twine Wrapped Original Bark Handle. RealWood RealWands RealMagic

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The alder tree is often featured in Geltic and Irish Lore.

Often seen growing along rivers and streams, the alder’s link to swamps, mystery and secrecy in a mythological sense is not surprising.
When Deirdre of the Sorrows of Irish mythology eloped with Naoise, son of Usna, they fled from Ulster to Alba (Scotland), to escape the wrath of King Conchobhar mac Nessa to whom Deirdre had been betrothed. They hid from the King’s pursuing warriors in the alder woods of Glen Etibhe, where they eventually settled, and themes of hiding and secrecy connected with alder recur elsewhere in Celtic lore.

Perhaps these themes were derived from the particular atmosphere of alder woods. Where alders are not growing along rivers or streams, they form alder woods, or carrs, on wet or swampy ground. The wide bases of the alder trunks, from which small thickets of alder shoots may emerge, soon taper up to tall straight trunks, to expand into leafy canopies higher overhead.

Perhaps these woods, which in springtime can be mired in several inches of water, were seldom visited and as such made ideal hideaways. The green dye which can be derived from the flowers continued the hiding theme, being used to color and thus camouflage the garments of outlaws like Robin Hood, as well as the clothes of faeries, to conceal them from human eyes.

Given the alder carrs’ wet terrain and the risk of meeting bandits, boggarts or worse, it is not surprising that the Irish considered it unlucky to pass an alder tree on a journey. However, judging by the frequency with which the Gaelic for alder, fern, crops up in place names in both Scotland and Ireland, there must have been a fair chance of such an encounter. The tree did make amends for this though, by providing its leaves which, when placed in shoes at the start of a long journey, would cool the feet and prevent swelling.

As befits a tree which grows primarily in swampy areas or by riversides, the alder’s wood does not rot in wet conditions and indeed becomes as hard as stone when left immersed in water. People have made good use of this property since the Bronze Age at least, when crannochs (wooden strongholds on Scottish lochs) were built on rafts or piles of alder trunks. Such uses continued into the time of the Industrial Revolution when alder wood was favored for the making of lock gates and other canal paraphernalia. Most of Venice is built on piles made of alder trunks.

This Wand was gathered from alongside the river which twists it's way through the center of my land, cutting it nearly in half. The alder is heavy and difficult to move through down by the river, but it provides some of the finest wands, and the lightest! Once it has been dried and cured, the wood becomes incredibly light.

As with all our wands, it was fully hand carved with my small collection of pen knives. And the shaft still bears the evidence of the knife's passage as proof of its originality. No two Fireless Forge wands are alike.

Does this wand not quite speak to you? Perhaps you have a design in mind which you have fallen in love with? Message me here on Etsy messenger and we can get you started on a custom wand listing! Message me for more details and a price quote based on what you are looking for!

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Cheers!

Daniel Hubatch.

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All wands from FirelessForge are hand-carved and crafted from sustainably harvested, locally-grown wood straight from the artist's backyard. Each wand is meticulously carved and painted to bring it to life.
No two wands are exactly the same! Although I will make more than one wand of the same design upon request, each will have individually unique characteristics.
All wands and wand boxes are 100% handmade, no poly-resin wands or machine formed boxes here!

Looking for just a wand box for the wand you already own? Please DM us and we will get you started on a custom order! Color options are red, black, blue, yellow, grey or brown.

Disclaimer:
*Please understand that all Fireless Forge wands are made from real wood and while they are sturdy, if they are mishandled they can crack, splinter and/or break. Even though every wand is coated in sealant to keep the color true, it is possible for the paint to crack or peel if left exposed to earthly physical elements such as, but not limited to, sun, rain and/or pets.

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