Elder and Iron Boline - Arianrhod
This is one of our hand forged Iron Bolines. We use a large drum mandrel to bend the hot Iron to create a perfect Luna crescent. Some blades are then patterned with special texturing hammers, other smooth with a few hammer marks as these are all hand made not machine produced! The blade is then sharpened and polished to a mirror finish.
The hand carved handle is Elder which is sacred to all Luna Goddesses, Elder is known as the tree of life and death and is one of the most magickal of all trees. There is even an ancient rhyme that must be said before cutting wood from the Elder Tree - “Old Woman, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree.” - legend says that if this rhyme is not recited then you will be cursed! Why take the risk when we have the tree lore to know how to respectfully cut wood from these sacred trees! We have a large pond at the covenstead which is blessed with several wonderful Elder Trees.We have learned a technique to leave a little of the bark and under bark on, which makes a gorgeous finish. The handle is hand carved and then sanded to a fine furniture finish and oiled with our Luna Ignis "Love" anointing oil.
The Boline is approximately 12 inches long - 5.5 of which is the blade.