In this chapter, Mikey is ashamed of himself for perpetuating misconceptions about lignum vitae. Anyone who has ever worked with it will spot this instantly as greenheart, not true lignum vitae. Greenheart is veeeery
slightly less dense than true lignum vitae, and has, of course, a lovely greenish tint. (Although I picked up a blank last week with a gorgeous true-green hue; the greenest I had ever seen.) However, greeheart is often marketed as "Argentinean lignum vitae" due to it's incredible density, hence the name of this wand.
I know for a certainty that when I made this wand over two years ago, (By jove, it seems like only yesterday; I can't believe I was doing lathe turning over two years ago. I think this might be one of the oldest woodworkings I've posted so far.) turning even this basic shape completely blunted my rouging gouge and two fingernail gouges. I spent ages sharpening them up again. Along with the hardness, greenheart is astonishingly heavy, and this wand far outweighs wands two or three inches longer than it. (Although it is quite large, like many of my early wands.)
This is also the only wand I've ever done in two pieces. If I remember correctly the handle is filled with glitter that I had dubbed "dragon scales" at the time, and the shaft is screwed onto it.
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