Interview presentation by Kylie of SilentLotus
Meet W. of Etsy's RedleafWands
Redleaf's Wizards' and Witches' Corner Store, the the Etsy shop of W., also named Master Wandmaker Wamditanka Redleaf, is filled with works of beautiful wood and materials from nature made into unique, mystical creations. His extraordinary wands are lovingly, nurturingly carved, transforming each piece into an earthy, rustic, mysterious, 'magical' wonder.
W. Right now, wooden wands. But I'm planning to add many more wizardry-inspired items in the future. I have made several wizard staffs and hope to offer these soon. I'm learning to knit and felt wizard hats. I make recycled paper and may work on bookbinding from grimoires (spell books... or just really neat looking journals). And I'm working on some witch brooms as well.
K. What are your creative inspirations?
W. I think it's obvious that Harry Potter has inspired my wandmaking, but I have to mention another series that has been a great inspiration to me. J. A. Areces is the author of a free podiobook called "Interview for a Wizard" and its sequel "The Secret Society of Seven Sorcerers." Check out Areces.
W. I'm a dabbler. I try everything and learn a bit about how to do very many different crafts. It's rare that I come across an art that I haven't tried, and when I do, I dive into it. I'm a musician (bagpipes, guitar, hand drums), and a writer (though I haven't been published). I'm also a dramaturge, a director, and an actor.
W. I'm a LARPer. LARP (Live Action Role Playing) is like an RPG (like Dungeons & Dragons or World of Warcraft) in which people get dressed up in costume and act as their characters for a day or weekend. This is what originally got me interested in creating wands. They work wonders in developing a costume for a fantasy game like the one I play: NERO.
K. What is your favorite vegan/vegetarian store/restaurant/blog/website?
W. I just have to mention the Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang's. Mmmm... yum yum yum. But, sadly, no strictly veg store or restaurant in my area.
W. The pics are of 3 of my furbabies. They are definitely kids to my wife and me. We have three grey cats, Trent, Tess, and Tiana, and a little French Bo named Orlagh. The photos are of Tiana (the crazy looking cat), Trent, and Orlagh. Tess is too shy to get a picture. All of our babies were adopted from the Randolph County (WV) Humane Society, and a portion of all sales from my shop goes to help animals at that same shelter.