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    Carving the Runes

    I would like to ask from those of you who practice the craft: what tool do you use for carving runes? Is there a specific tool you use always or you use whatever it fits for the task?
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    Some people will do it the old way, using a carving knife, but as I prefer to us hardwoods like oak, this is impractical. I've found that the most aesthetically pleasing way of doing things (and that counts a lot in establishing the magical mode of thought) is to carve the runes with a dremel (pictured below) prior to the loading rite. Then, during the rite itself, I'll 'load' the runes with blood, paint, etc.


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    You can also use a woodburning tool. Those are available in most craft stores.

    I once used a small diamond drill to incise runes into moonstone, for a friend.

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    I used a soldering gun to make mine. It makes the runes stand out a lot since the charred black symbols stand out against the yellowish white of the inside of the wood.

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    If I'm carving a lot of runes at once I usually use a v-parting tool. Otherwise, a simple knife is serviceable. The best knives for this, I think are chip carving knives or any knife that has a small blade and a large handle. I buy all my tools from http://www.woodcraft.com/ It's tempting to spend the big money on a better tool in hopes of getting a better result. But I think that practice with whatever you happen to have is always the best investment.

    A woodburning tool is probably the easiest and perhaps cheapest method. The result can be quite pleasing as well.

    One of my favorite methods is to cut the runes very deeply into hardwood, here's where a Dremel or Foredom tool is useful. Then using a soldering iron or woodburner, melt tree resin into the grooves, filling them completely. Dragon's Blood resin works best in my experience. Finally, sand off the excess and you'll have some very unique inlaid runes.

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    I carve them..........

    I use a "v" or "u" shaped carving knife or tool, that I purchased many years ago, as part of a wood carving set.
    I make my Runes staves from Wood, preferably fruitwood, apple or cherry.
    I do use hickory on occasion.
    I paint them with any of several shades of red or red-brown, a drop or two of blood mixed in.
    I have a couple wood burning tools. They work well, for making pictures.

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    Another unusual way of carving runes that I enjoy is to cut them into the edge of a book. For this you'll need your usual woodcarving tools (knife, chisel or dremel) Additionally, you'll need two C-clamps or small bar clamps and two stiff, smooth boards that will not bend under pressure.

    Sandwich your book between the two boards and clamp them tightly in place. You may want to put cardboard or felt against the book so the cover isn't damaged.

    Now that the pages are under pressure, the edge of the book will act very much like a piece of wood. You can carve it. You can even use sand paper if you want. When your done, remove the clamps and fan the pages.

    One more thing, I think that it's a good idea to test this method first on a book you don't really care about just to see if you like the result.

    -Jotun

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    You are supposed to use your own blood painted with yew cut from a churchyard at midnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forkbeard View Post
    You are supposed to use your own blood painted with yew cut from a churchyard at midnight.
    Using your own blood, or the blood of a sacrifice, is a given, but where do you get the bit about cutting the wood from a churchyard at midnight? I'm pretty sure that there were no churchyards around when the use of Runes was at its peak.
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    On the subject of blood, has anyone else out there ever noticed the runic powers taking more blood than they were originally offered? I've had the experience a couple of times and it happened again two nights ago.

    I cut some runes on another's behalf, stained them with my own blood and then poured libations of mead at the threshold of my house.

    I gave the taufr to the one it was intended for and she promptly cut herself by accident. She was O.K. but there was blood everywhere. Later that night she went driving and hit a dog. The dog was also O.K. but it had left an obvious streak of blood in the snow. Finally, this morning I saw that an owl had taken a squirrel and splattered my threshold with more blood.

    I suppose you could call this coincidence, but I have a hard time seeing it that way. My guess is that what I demanded of the runes cost more than the blood offered and the runes exacted the appropriate price.

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