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Wand of Bad Blood by MuzunguMbaya
Wand of Bad Blood
This is a stout and sturdy wand.  But why is it a Wand of Bad Blood?  Because the wood has a story.  In the back yard of the house I got this wood from was a dead peach tree right next to two wooden fences built a foot apart.  The previous owner of the house got into a dispute (I don't remember over what, but maybe over shared costs of building a fence).  They got pretty angry with each other, and two fences were built.  Redundantly.  Apparently the bad blood escalated until the neighbor next door poisoned the peach tree in the yard that my girlfriend now owns.  It's been standing there dead for maybe ten years, until I decided to see if the roots had rotted out.  I was able to easily push it over.  So, I brought over my chainsaw and cut the carcass up.  It still had some decent looking wood, so I decided to turn a wand out of it.  Peach is nice and hard and has a pretty grain and golden color.
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Bubinga and Firethorn wand by MuzunguMbaya
Bubinga and Firethorn wand
Another wand recycled from the SoapBox Derby car floorboard.  Bubinga is a very hard, rigid and somewhat dense wood.  Firethorn is light, tough and flexible (not from the SoapBox Derby car).  For this and the Birch Wand, I took a stainless steel wire and held it inside of the grooves on the wand while the lathe was running until it started to burn.  This is how I achieved the blackened grooves.
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Birch Wand by MuzunguMbaya
Birch Wand
This wand was recycled from one of the remnants of a failed floorboard for the Soapbox Derby car I raced back in 1986.  The floorboard failed because the woods we chose, Bubinga and Birch were so hard, the glue didn't adhere, and the butcher block style laminate... delaminated.  Pieces of that floorboard hung around in my dad's garage, though he cut it down into smaller pieces over the years as he either gave away or otherwise disposed of it.  I got the final piece of it several years ago, but have just now decided to do something with it.

The end cap is aluminum with my maker's mark stamped into it.
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I got laid off but found a job in another city.  After living in Colorado Springs for nearly 18 years, I'm moving north to Castle Rock.  As such, I won't be making any art for a while as I move thousands of pounds of workshop (and the rest of my stuff) to a new location.
  • Listening to: AM Radio
  • Reading: The Divine Invasion
  • Watching: iZombie
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: The Stuff
  • Drinking: Red Bull

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MuzunguMbaya
The Wicked White
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
An engineer who dreamt he was an artist. Also, an INTJ. And maybe Palmer Eldritch.
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RokasR Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the llama! :w00t:
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Mlpsweetiepie Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Student Artist
Excuse me, this may be personal, but you seem to be apart of the Wiccan faith and practice witchcraft, so if it's ok with you I really want to become apart of the Wiccan faith but I have no idea where to start. So could you please tell me how to become a good witch?
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I can see how I could give that impression, but I am not a wiccan, though I have known some people who are.  The wandmaking is a hobby I picked up because my ex was a huge Harry Potter fan and I thought it would be fun to make a wand for her.  Before I knew it, I had another hobby.

Anyway, I wish you luck in your search for information on here.
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Mlpsweetiepie Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Student Artist
Thank you anyways, you have interesting stories on your wands though. Keep doing what you're doing, you make beautiful wands. Thank you for replying.
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, and I intend to make more!
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pin100 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! Neko Emoji-17 (Happy) [V1] by JerikutoYour support means a lot to me and helps me to improve my skills :D
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see the evolution of your skills throughout your gallery.  It's fun to watch someone improve!
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pin100 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
X) And I'll try my best to improve further!
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wiebkerost Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016   General Artist
Thanks for adding Foetid Devil to your favorites! Bee La 
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and also thanks for the fave and watch!
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