Creating Staves


There are two ways to create a rune set from wood:

Disks: Get a branch from a fruit-bearing tree (strictly speaking they are all fruit-bearing), let it dry and saw it into 24 pieces. The disks should be at least 5 mm thick. If you aren't well versed in carving, you should go for softer wood.

Lots: Get thin sheets of wood, about 50x20x5 mm.

For further personalisation calculate your name rune and get the branch from a tree that is associated with your name rune.

For the carving you are going to need a carving knife, hobby knife or a sharpened screw-driver and sand-paper to smoothen the cuts. Also get paint and a brush for colouring the runes. Traditionally they are dyed in red or ochre, if however you think a different colour is more appropriate or would work better for you, go ahead. Mix some of your blood into the paint before you start dyeing the runes.

You should do all runes in one go, failing that, you can also do them by the aett. Meaning you carve and paint 8 runes per session.

Before you start have everything you need ready for the carving and perform an opening rite to cleanse your working area.

Select the first piece and start carving against the grain. This makes the rune more visible. During carving, visualise a stream of energy flowing from you into the rune, the colour of this energy should be that of the rune - check the Elder Futhark pages for the associated colours.

When you've finished carving, take the paint and colour the rune while chanting its name. Now continue the carving for the remaining staves.



Fehu Alder
Uruz Birch, Oak
Thurisaz Oak
Ansuz Ash
Raidho Elder
Kenaz Hazelnut, Willow, Pine, Fir
Gebo Elm, Ivy
Wunjo Ash, Basswood
Hagalaz Yew, Hawthorn
Naudhiz Beech
Isa Yew, Alder
Jera Maple, Oak
Perthro Blackthorn, Beech
Elhaz Elder, Yew
Sowilo Juniper, Willow
Tiwaz Oak
Berkana Birch, Cottonwood
Ehwaz Aspen, Oak
Mannaz Grape-vine
Laguz Rowan, Fir
Ingwaz all fruit bearing trees
Dagaz Oak, Fir
Othala Hawthorn, Elm, Whin



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