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Making Magic

My seven year old son Nelson, recently watched the final part of the Harry Potter movies. He’s a bit of a book worm to say the least and ever since watching the series, he has been determined to make a magic wand. Yesterday, we spent some time together in the wood shop and now young Nelson has his wand.The experience from my point of view, was magical to say the least.

To begin, he shaped a piece of curly maple using a spokeshave and then smoothed the form with some sandpaper. We held the thin piece of maple in place with some elevated bench dogs I recently made for holding work up off the bench top. He then cross cut the stock to length using a fine razor saw and after a quick rub of oil/varnish he was ready to make some magic.

Another young wizard is ready to take on the world~ Expecto Patronum !


“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

A spokeshave forms the curly maple.

Sanding blends the shape.








Expecto Patronum !

Cross cut to length.


  1. Posted by Christopher Landy on Mar 26th, 2012

    My 10 year old son learned to turn and now all he wants to do is turn Harry Potter wands!
    There are worse things. ;)

  2. Posted by stephen melhuish on Mar 26th, 2012

    at the risk of being zapped by the wand master, does this make Nelson a chip off the old block? !!!

    Sorry i couldn’t resist it.

    Cheers and well done Nelson, nice work maestro.

  3. Posted by Jonathan Szczepanski on Mar 27th, 2012

    “The spokeshave chooses the woodworker, Mr. Potter. It’s not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you.” …wait, that’s not how it goes.


  4. Posted by Chris Griggs on Mar 27th, 2012

    Could you or Nelson please comment on what the wand’s core is made of? Phoenix feathers….? Dragon heart strings perhaps….? ; -)

  5. Posted by Rick_S on Mar 27th, 2012

    The real magic happens in the time you spend with your son in your shop – wonderful memories for both of you!

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