Aaron Schwartz

 
 

I make hand turned and carved wands of various exotic woods, and write original lore and personalities for each piece. Occasionally I have a plan for a wand, but very often I find myself just taking a blank piece of wood, and working it until it simply feels finished. This offers a unique experience for me, as I am affected by each individual piece, it's consistencies and inconsistencies, and it's challenges, to produce unique results every time. I started creating wands for friends just because it was a fun project I could work on, and my friends really enjoyed the results. But after a few wands, I found that I could reach a point of true relaxation in the simplicity of woodworking. I loved the sense of total quiet in the whirring of the lathe and scraping of the wood. Just me and the work, and nothing else matters. I have always enjoyed history and mythology, and as a child of the 90s I grew up with the works of J.K. Rowling. I fell in love with her wand lore, and went through the same research process to create original lore for the exotic woods that I use. I take great joy in the experience of fans and non-fans alike choosing their wand, and seeing the similarities and differences in their and the wand's personalities. This combination of zen creative work, fun mythos writing, and personal interaction, is why I continue to do what I do.