Here it is, my first ever wand, no. ML-137A. It was tentatively completed early January 2011 and modified Feb 1, 2011. (Modified again April 9, 2011) It was carved by hand from a birch dowel with whittling knives and measures 14 3/4" long.
Originally, the design had everything but the brown part of the shaft unsanded and colored black to achieve a woodburn effect, but that two color combo just looked too plain. So, I carved away the existing pommel's extra bits (it used to be pointy and angular) and rounded it off.
Total time (wand): about 12 hours Total time (box): was my first one, still working out kinks, so about 5 hours.
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XD Actually, my first attempt turned out to be much different - it's still the same wand, but it was thicker before, and I had used markers instead of stain. After I made about five more wands, I decided to mod my own original wand, so I thinned it out some more and restained it with actual wood stain, so this is what it looks like now.
Beautiful workmanship! How did you get your hair inside your wand? I've been wanting to make my own (which is a dragon heart string core for which I was planning on painting some string gold, as I imagine once all the gore is cleared off that's the colour they would be, lol), but had absolutely no idea how to get it inside the wand.
Thank you! With the tools I have, I can only poke a very tiny hole (about 3 mm) into the tip. I used a sturdy sewing needle, but you have to be very very careful not to stab yourself. I just twirled it in place, applying pressure, for a few minutes. After you have your hole (I wouldn't recommend doing a full length core because it'll compromise the structure of the wood) cut of a tiny piece of hair and stuff it inside, then seal with glue or a wood filler!