Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Witch's tools

I've got a lot of 'witchy stuff': statues, incense-burners, candle-holders, stones, feathers, altar cloths, etc. etc. Some bought (new or second-hand), some given to me, some self-made. Over the years it made a nice collection. I made my own runes and my pentacle. Some things I have more of. For example I have my 'official' athame, but I also have a wooden one that Ron carved for me in Lier. Both very precious to me!

As a boline I mostly used a pretty little knife from Scandinavia. I have been looking for an 'official' one for years. For me it had to be a sickle with a white handle. The ones in pagan shops didn't appeal to me though; they are all the same. I trusted that eventually it would come to me. And it did!

This year on Castlefest I came across a blacksmith called Roodbaert (red-beard, and indeed he had one!). Ron and I talked with him and I told him how I saw the boline I wanted. He understood exactly what I wanted and its purpose. He told us he had recently got his hands on over 400 years old iron nails. He offered to try to make my knife from those, and at a very reasonable price.

A few weeks ago the knife arrived. We had asked him to make it with a simple handle, because I wanted to wrap it with white leather myself. It took some time but I'm very very satisfied with the result!
(click on the pics to see them bigger)


  1. Wooow, Tink, that is really beautiful. Most witch tools sold in shops are ugly and completely over the top, why don't they ever make tools like that one? Just plain and simple and SO beautiful!

  2. Absolutely stunning! Groetjes Astrid

  3. Absolutely stunning! Groetjes Astrid

  4. Wonderful pieces, I love the contrast of the colors of handle and blade and Athame and Boline. They are perfect!

  5. Glad I could be of assistance. It was a very nice project to work on, and at least I found some use for those old nails... ;)


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