Thanks so much for all the very useful info. Though I'm sure it's probably not necessary, when I start making my tools, I want to go all out. I'm pretty good with my hands and fairly artistic, with more than a small dose of OCD. Lol. I'm loving the idea of a spiral wand inlaid with silver chain. So I'm thinking half holly, half chestnut, one wood stained with beet juice, the other stained with blackberry, half the length of the wand spiraled and inlaid with silver chain. It's going to take a while, but when I finish it I'll post a picture.