Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My new Rune Set...

I have finally done it... after waiting for so long... I got wood, cut it, shaped it, burned it... and my first, yes as in not had one to call my own before, Rune Set!

I decided that as an Asatru, I needed to learn more about the runes, this for many reasons. The main reason is that I use the runes quite a lot in my crafting so knowing about them is a plus, especially when you make personal bindrunes for people.

Another good reason is that I have been asked a few times at festivals I vend at to do a reading with runes; I will admit I am not confident enough to do so, even if I can name all the runes and their main meanings.



Above is what my new set looks like. I made it out of Red Oak because of the coloring and the grain of the wood, which I find very pleasing to the eye. You can obtain a very fine mirror finish on this wood with a little bit of patience, using very fine sandpaper. I used a 60 grit sandpaper to start with then I used a 400 grit to do refine the edges as I have reached that stage and the picture above shows them slightly unfinished. The great thing is the more I use them, the better looking they will become!

To make sure I use them and practice my reading of them, I draw what some people call an "Odin" rune; a single rune reading for the day. As I progress, I will proceed to do full readings, meaning I will be using all the runes, in a cast method. This method allows to read runes within runes; once cast, I will be able to see runes made from the stick crossing or overlapping each other.

Until next I post,

Herne

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Time to start this blog properly!




I'm going to start this with the kind of craft work I like doing. I love to work with my hands mostly, even though I work in an office at the present. Give me a piece of wood to play with and a very,very long time can pass before I lift my head from it!

I do mostly pyrography work, but I do delve from time to time in carvings, as can be seen on my website: www.hernescraftes.com. I also work in antler and bone, preferably pieces that have been shed naturally or found outdoor.

I'm not sure I can truly explain it, but it feels like I am in another world once I focus on a project I work on... Nothing else seems important...ok I'm lying... food is necessary and so is drinking fluids. And the effect is enhanced when I listen to some music while working.

Right now I am working on a box with a beautiful design I will post here once I have completed it. The project has so many different shades in it I have to keep changing the area I work on so I don't do too much of one color/shade at once! It is a very nice challenge, one I love taking with more ambitious projects all the time. Perfection comes with practice, right? *big grin*

An extremely good friend of mine lent me his pyrography machine so I could finish a few projects faster then usual; up until now, I was using a soldering iron-like pen to do all the work you see on my website... yes, I know... I have LOADS of patience to have done those thing that way! Just look at my current profile picture for an example =).

Herne