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hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:55 pm
by ravensilverbear
I want to pose a question to all I have a white oak in my yard and it has dropped some really nice branches I have started to carve one and it has come to be a a small double sided knife (athme) it looks really good and it has me drawn to it as I want to be all natural in my alter and only my chalice is metal is it right or wrong I will take pictures to post of it as soon as I can I know that if it is please to me it will be pleasing to the Lord and Lady but still I would like to know

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:05 pm
by Heartsong
That's so cool! I hope you get a chance to post pictures!

If your hand-carved athame feels right to you, then it belongs on your altar I think. Whether you purchase the items you place on it, or if you craft them all yourself, is less important than their significance to you. The gods, and the energies you work with, are very aware of your intentions, needs, and desires, and I believe that we work our best magic when we're comfortable. So, if you only want natural items on your altar, and that's what feels good to you, then it's right for you. Just like no two witches are going to approach spellcraft in the same way, their altars will also likely be vastly different. But, that doesn't make either one of them wrong. An altar, to me, is an outward expression of the inner you, and your devotion to your craft, your gods, and your spirituality. :)

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:19 pm
by ravensilverbear
thank you so much for the answer it does feel right and does talk to me I will take pictures of it when I am done with it merry meet

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:37 pm
by TwilightDancer
Heartsong wrote:The gods, and the energies you work with, are very aware of your intentions, needs, and desires, and I believe that we work our best magic when we're comfortable. So, if you only want natural items on your altar, and that's what feels good to you, then it's right for you. Just like no two witches are going to approach spellcraft in the same way, their altars will also likely be vastly different.


Well said.
Always practice what's in your heart. Trust your insticts. It sounds like it will be a very powerful Athame, I look forward to the pictures.

Blessed Be :flyingwitch:

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:44 pm
by Lainara
I have a wand that I carved from a regular old tree branch. It's just until I can afford a real wand but it works! I say, if it feels right, go for it!

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:55 am
by Echo_of_shadows
The Lord and Lady exist within all of us. What pleases us, pleases Them, as They are us and we are Them. If you are unsure, look to Them inside of yourself. You can't go wrong with a loving intent.

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 7:40 pm
by ravensilverbear
here are some pics please remember they are still in the process of being worked on well now I have to cut down pic size but I have some I will send

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:40 am
by Obsidian
Some people actually prefer/recommend handmade items because of the love and effort that goes into crafting them. You're more likely to feel a bond with your tools if you handcrafted them and therefore know their story. This bind might even help you focus or channel your energy.

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 6:08 pm
by ravensilverbear
thank you all for your support I have the pictures on google plus you can see them there as they are to large to post here the wand is done almost got crystal tip on today and need to add wire to the shaft copper I think let me know if you can see them

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 8:47 pm
by Seraphin_npocampo
I heartily encourage folks to make their own tools for magick and energy work! Yes, it's best to familiarize yourself thoroughly with any materials you plan to use, know why and how they're used for what specifically, but having that knowledge is a great way to deepen the connection with the materials (such as herbs, woods, stones, crystals, candles, oils, etc.) and help promote your focus while using them.

And raven, yes I want to see them! Looking forward to seeing pics, and anything you get from it!!! How exciting!!

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 6:34 pm
by ravensilverbear
go to google plus and look me up I have them there the finished pics are coming soon blessed be to all ps its ravensilverbearon google plus

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:42 pm
by TwilightDancer
ravensilverbear wrote:go to google plus and look me up I have them there the finished pics are coming soon blessed be to all ps its ravensilverbearon google plus


I couldn't find the pics.
You can change a pictures size with the paint program on the computer.

Blessed Be :flyingwitch:

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 9:54 pm
by Seraphin_npocampo
Or perhaps, you could just provide us the link to your Google plus, yes?

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 7:17 am
by ravensilverbear
MY NAME IS STACEY WILLIAMS ravensilverbear@gmail.com also you can find me in communities I joined eutm community yesterday on google plus

Re: hand carved tools vs store bought items

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 6:56 pm
by TwilightDancer
Seraphin wrote:Or perhaps, you could just provide us the link to your Google plus, yes?


Yes, unless someone else has better luck finding your page.

Blessed Be :flyingwitch: