Documenting the Creation of a Rune Set

During Yuletide, I made a set of runes using birch wood I brought back from Iceland in April of last year. Because I'm a folklorist, I thought it might be interesting to document the process in pictures and share them with you. The tools and the burning/soldering kit (not shown) were gifts from my husband (I've needed proper electric tools for a while now), the cutting board oil is made of coconut oil and essential oils that smell faintly of lemongrass, and the velvet comes from my grandmother's quilting stash, which I inherited in the late nineties before she passed away.

I usually allow a set of runes to germinate for at least four seasons; two to cure the wood, one to make the runes, and one to let them rest before blessing them. I prefer to make runes at Yuletide, and I'll bless this set on May 1st when I return from Newfoundland. Meanwhile, it sits on the altar in my studio at home in Nova Scotia, sleeping as the snow falls outside.

This is a particularly sacred set for me, since I traded an oath for the wood. Later, I laid that wood out under the summer solar eclipse to charge it. Given the creation of the runes at Yuletide and the blessing of them at Walpurgisnacht, they promise to be powerful conduits, and I plan to utilize them with that in mind.

Here are the photos.

Birch Branch Cured Since April 2017

Rune Blanks Cut With a 60-Tooth Mitre Saw Blade

Mitre Saw Set Up to Ensure Rune Blanks of Equal Size

60-Tooth Mitre Saw Blade

Runes Sanded With 120, 220, and 400 Grit Sandpaper Using an Electric Sander

Runes Penciled on the Blanks

Runes Burned on the Blanks

Runes Oiled With Organic, Plant-Based Cutting Board Oil

Finished Runes Resting on a Piece of My Grandmother's White Velvet

Finished Runes Resting on a Finished White Bag