Today my little dog brought me home a stick. She doesn’t often do this because she usually loses them really quickly – she’s not the cleverest dog in the world – in fact my Dad thinks she has the brains of an aubergine!
So I was about to put the stick into the rubbish when I saw how straight it was. I wondered what I could make out of it. I’ve been reading a lot of J. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ recently so I thought I’d try to make a wand out of it. I got out my carving tools and had a go:
Here’s the stick in it’s ‘dog-scrounged’ form:
First I stipped the bark off:
Then I could see how good or bad the wood really was. It wasn’t great…
Both ends were moulded and split:
But the stick was much longer than I needed so I cut those bad ends off:
And I began to carve a handle shape on the thicker end:
(In this picture you can also see my dog’s tooth marks in the wood!)
Once I’d got the basic shape I got out my Dremel and began to clean it up and smooth it out in earnest until it looked properly wand-like:
The next job was to sand it, paint and varnish it. I decided to paint the handle only and leave the varnished wood on the main shaft. I used acrylic paint – blue and gold – and Yacht Varnish for it’s high shine. It took three days for the various coats of varnish to dry but here it is:
I might give this as a gift to a child who’s into Harry Potter. I did try it 😉 but sadly it’s doesn’t do any magic – you just can’t get the unicorn hair these days! Good fun for kids though.