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12 November 2007 @ 01:25 pm
I made some quill pens out of birch branches and quill nubs.

I am also on the process of making a huge batch of dragon's blood ink.

Could be some excellent spirits craft supplies!

here is a picture of both taken by magical muse at www.magicalmuse.typepad.com
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: Old Hag You've Killed Me Culann's Hounds
16 August 2007 @ 04:46 pm
I am participating in a divinity swap, and I need to make 8 items. I am a little unsure what to make, but I am very excited about doing it today!

Current Mood: artisticartistic
30 July 2007 @ 10:15 pm
This evening I came home and made four ogham sets! I don't have any bags for them yet, but I am working on names for each set. I have two Pack of Wolves Hawthorn sets (left and top), one Holly King set (bottom), and one Red Shield Alder set (right).

I used acrylic varnish on the Pack of Wolves Hawthorn sets and linseed oil on the Red Shield Alder set. I am going to get some beeswax tomorrow and try it on the holly, if it doesn't work the acrylic varnish won't be too bad, but it isn't the best since the holly is a really hard wood.

I am very happy, I am getting to a point where I can make these sets quickly enough to be worth the sales prices.

Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Shores of Americay, Irish Rovers
27 July 2007 @ 10:35 pm
I made another Sheila Na Gig. I like her, this is a version of the most well known Sheila, and I thought I should include her in my collection.

So the linseed oil works great on elm and alder, but on the holly and hawthorn, the initial results are very dark, I am hoping as it dries (in three days!) that it lightens to a nicer color. I just hate how acrylic varnish feels, so I hope the oil works out. I have read about waxing, but it sounds like it gets dirty easily. Well, I am definitely learning a lot about working with each tree, from how to find and identify each, and then how to finish each.

My brother, the tree identifier, is over today testing me on my familiarity with the local trees. There are oak, ash, alder, willow, birch, rowan, apple, fir, pine, and hawthorn on my street.
Current Location: Studio
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Orange Green-Paddy Noonan
26 July 2007 @ 10:27 pm
My brother the ethnobiologist, helped me identify the seven ogham trees that grow in his backyard! It is so exciting that over a quarter of the trees I need for this endeavor live in my family home. When I arrived he showed me the honey suckle he had saved for me, and then the ivy, hawthorne, apple, hazel, oak, and holly that grew there.

I never imagined I would be able to look at a piece of cut branch and know what tree it came from. I am so proud of myself today, because I learned how each type of tree has its own unique appearance.

For example in this picture there is alder on the left, holly in the middle, and hawthorne on the right. They look so different from each other, I don't know how I ever could have seen them as just plain wood!

The alder is so pretty! I love how red it is. Holly is greenish blue, and Hawthorne is very tan. I am going to make a Hawthorne set for a new friend of mine as a surprise for her.

My brother and I gathered lots of Hazel, Apple, and Oak. Those three and the honey suckle are seasoning (drying) for me, so I can go there in a few weeks and make them into rune blanks.
Current Location: Studio
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Current Music: Rebels of the Sacred Heart--Flogging Molly
26 July 2007 @ 04:54 pm
gabeblaze made this wonderful elder futhark set.

This set of Elder Futhark runes was burned with hot steel by hand in salvaged elm wood. This set contains all 24 runes in the elder futhark set, as well as a blank rune to represent Odin, or to replace a rune if one is misplaced.

The Elder Futhark is an old writing and divination system with roots deep in Norse Mythology; this representation is meant to be true to the runes presented in the Icelandic and Slavic rune poems, and the information in the Poetic Edda.

This set is ideal for group work, or altar adornment and work as it is approximately ½ inch thick, and roughly 1 ¼ inch in diameter. This set of runes will also come with a white pouch to keep them in.

More information at http://spiritscraft.etsy.com/
Current Mood: awakeawake
23 July 2007 @ 08:44 pm
I have been experimenting with various finishes on the runes and idols. I have tried various oil, acrylic, and polyurethane varnishes, stains, mediums, and even sprays. The varnishes stained the wood like dirty French fries, the stains were too dark, the mediums felt gummy, and the sprays made the runes feel plastic rather than wood. But today, I discovered a bottle of linseed oil at the bottom of my oil painting set, I never much got into oil painting on canvas, but I think it might win me over on wood. The linseed oil creates a beautiful finish that brings out the beauty of the wood grain and soaks in to allow the runes to retain their natural feeling. I am very pleased!

The ones on the left are unfinished, and those on the right are oiled.

Also, I have taken a renewed interest in Sheila Na Gigs and you can see in the photo that I have developed my own idols based on the Irish ones. I love these little crone goddesses and at my last coven meeting my coven mates each wanted one for themselves. Long live the crones!
Current Location: studio
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: March of the King of Laois-The Chieftains
19 July 2007 @ 09:16 am
"No man could be admitted into the Fiann until he had become a bard, and had mastered the twelve books of Poetry." Graves quoting Keatings

It is also assumed by Charles Graves that a proper bard, warrior or druid must know ogham for passing codes to other druids, warriors and bards and for divination regarding things otherworld.

Below are definitions I compiled from the Ogham Tract trans. by George Calder and my sparing additions from mythology.

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19 July 2007 @ 08:19 am
I have had the good luck to find windfall branches of Birch all around our work's building. Coworkers, as they are leaving, wonder at me standing under trees looking up to identify them and down to find branches.

Gabe and I are commissioning my brother the environmental scientist to be our ethnobiologist and arborist. He is helping us identify and locate the 20-24 trees and plants of the ogham. The three of us are working together today and I can't wait to gather more woods for our rune sets.

birch found around our work building

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Old Hag You've Killed Me--Cullan's Hounds
I am on a quest to create ogham sets with their classic corresponding woods. I went on a 10 minute walk in the neighborhood and found a Willow, Rowan, Ivy, Elder, Apple, Pines/Firs, and possibly Beech. By my work is an Oak and a Birch. Now I must walk by these trees daily in hopes of finding a windfall!

These sets will be very much worth working for and I will need to create proper thank you offerings for each tree.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished