My home is full of drums, sacred woods, and antlers. Can you smell the rawhides and the scent of cedar wood? The drums were made by my friend Grant (aka “the shaman”) for me to sell in the shop. Once I’ve made beaters for them this weekend I will be listing them for sale – maple wood drums with skins of bear, elk, goat, and moose. Some I still need to paint. My other talented artisan friend Nikiah sent me lovely pendants of antler and bear claw she had made for me to put in the shop and I have shed deer antlers I need to craft into magical objects… I might even make a bone systrum with one.
This week the three of us met for lunch and then went into the cold and rain to harvest woods for making ritual tools. We harvested alder, hemlock, holly, and the moss and lichen covered woods of hawthorn and oak. We all leave different offerings for the trees: the shaman leaves tobacco, Nikiah gives of her long hair, and I give blessings or do something for the health of the tree. The forest must’ve been pleased with us as a raven came out to play, answering my mimicking croaks, and Grant found bear tracks under the beautiful evergreen hemlocks.
Another local friend, witch, and artisan gifted me branches from her ancient rosemary bush that died after a long life. The branches take over my kitchen waiting to be turned into drum beaters, wands, beads, and other sacred objects. How perfect would rosemary be for tools for kitchen or green witches? I have other herbal woods to play with too – henbane, rue, and sage.
I’m slowly getting back to some woodwork using only the woods I don’t have allergic reactions too. I can only do the woodwork on my own terms in a very small volume and will not be able to take commissions again. As long as I don’t get overwhelmed, I should be able to keep working with wood now and then. Translate that as please accept what I offer as is and pretty please don’t ask me to make anything. I need to go slow and gently. Simple small things – wands, pyrography, prayer beads…
Pictures of finished goodies are soon coming. Time to mess up my newly spring-cleaned home!