Creating wands since 1637, Prospero will craft and send a one-of-a-kind wand to the wizard in your life.
This is a fundraiser
Earlier this year, my friend David Bernardinelli was diagnosed with ALS. The profits of this project will be donated to his go-fund-me page. To learn more about David please follow his blog and visit his go-fund-me page. All sales are final. This is a fundraiser and your fee will be promptly donated.
Click here to purchase a unique, limited edition wand. You are welcome to order more than one wand; however, each purchase must be made individually. After placing your order, please fill out this questionnaire so that we may discover which of these wands is yours. Each wizard should complete an individual survey for their wand. This is a limited run of 50 wands, each one-of-a-kind. Your purchase price entitles you to a wand. Please note, you are not selecting a wand. We cannot take requests. Your survey answers will reveal your destined wand. As they say, the wand chooses the wizard.
How our wands are made
Wands have been around for as long as wizards—that is to say, millennia. While it is often said that a witch or wizard of sufficient power may channel their magic through nearly any organic object, in practice wands are necessary for accurate casting.
Originally, the wand was more of a staff, nearly as tall as the wizard. Around the 8th or 9th century B.C.E. the preference was for wands considerably shorter—roughly the length of a small sword. Note, in the painting of Circe, the length of her wand. Well into the European Renaissance, wands were roughly a meter long. This was so prevalent that “wand” became a unit of measure (just over a meter) in Britain.
As wizarding communities came into conflict with the non-magical world, it became more desirable to conceal one’s wand. Today it is exceedingly rare to find a want any longer than 16”—a length easily tucked up a sleeve.
Prospero’s wands are between 6” and 15”.
For more on wand lore, please see the works of J. K. Rowling, the renowned wizarding historian. Her chronicles include insightful interviews with Master Wandmaker Gerrick Ollivander.
We are fortunate to have access to some of the most potent magical woods in the world. Our wand woods are sourced from the Saint Lawrence River to the Chesapeake Bay—purely North American species, many unavailable to the Old World wandmakers. We are proud to offer varieties of cherry, birch, oak, maple, poplar, ash, and walnut. Learn more about the specific characteristics of your wand wood.
This corner of the world is crowded with magical plants and creatures. As I write this, in clear view of my workshop window, a Cornish Pixie is ravaging my dirigible plums. In our herb garden we have thriving dittany stalks, gillyweed, and some closely cropped Devil’s Snare.
Twice a year, in late spring and mid-autumn, I venture into the wilderness to collect the more rarefied core materials. Without giving away my secrets, I will say that Cape Breton is a fine spot to collect mermaid hair—plenty of it is mixed in with the seaweed. There is a small dragon colony (Welsh Greens and Swedish Short Snouts) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The woods of northwestern Maine are home to the last unicorns in the Western Hemisphere. And finally, there is a Banshee that lives just outside of Quebec City—we’ve become quite friendly over the years.
Sometimes I am able to barter and trade for other cores, and you may be surprised just what you can acquire at a good farmer’s market—you just need to know whom to ask. To learn more about your wand, read Characteristics of Magical Cores.
Note to Parents
You are purchasing a stick. Sticks are, by nature, pointy and not at all desirable in the eyes, up the nose, in the mouth or any other bodily cavity. If this is a gift for another party, please ask yourself first if this party may be trusted with a stick. (This caution applies to children and adults alike.) Thomas Libby Custom Woodworking will not be held responsible for any injury (magical and otherwise) or distress that could result from the ill-use of a stick. Never stow your wand in a back pocket and follow all other rules of elementary wand safety.
Note to Muggles
Of course we all know there is no such thing as magic—silly to even think about it. These “wands” are, at best, entertaining toys for children; at worst, curiously shaped sticks. They are absolutely NOT painstakingly crafted tools, indispensable to the wizards craft. This is all in good fun and should compel no further scrutiny on your part.
No such thing as magic.
Please allow at least two weeks for delivery; U.S. only. For questions regarding wands, wand lore, magical cores, or concerns about your order, please write a note via the Contact page. (Please do not send owls; they upset the muggles).