Sunday, August 25, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week- GipsonWands

This week's featured shop is my husband Scott's shop, GipsonWands. He has written a few guest posts for the blog previously, including Making a Wand, Why Locally Sourced Matters, and Making a Solid Wood Crochet Hook. Now Scott will tell you more about his business & how he got started.

My business started with my desire to have my own wand. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, and I wanted something that was true to what is described in the book, but when I went online alot of people were selling resin cast wands or wands made from cheap wood stained to look like a different wood. I felt that these weren't authentic. So I decided to try to make my own. Instead of going to a lumber store I really wanted to use something more personal, wood I had harvested personally from a tree. When I was done making that first wand I started making wands for friends and family. Everyone seemed really pleased with the wands I had made. It was then that I started Gipsonwands.

Selling wands it a very niche business therefore I find that outreach and marketing are the most difficult aspect of my business, making beautiful wands is easy by comparison to letting people know that those item exist.

I'm a huge Sci-fi fantasy geek, and love to immerse myself in a good book, tv series, or movie. Besides the Harry Potter series, I Love the DiscWorld books, the Star Trek universe, and Tolkien's Middle-Earth just to mention a few.

It's not widely know that lumber you buy commercially has been sprayed with chemicals to stop it from warping and cracking to much when drying. Every wand I make is either from lumber I have harvested and milled or lumber that I have salvaged from waste. I am dedicated to this and have turned down making wands because I couldn't get the lumber locally that people have requested.

In addition to wand-making, Scott makes crochet hooks (upon request), bookmarks, keychains, & buttons. Scott has a degree in Graphic Design, and does graphic design work under the name Retro Rocket Graphic Design. You can see his work in his Cafepress store, plus the logos for GipsonWands and Violet's Buds.

You can find GipsonWands online on Facebook, Twitter, & Storenvy. Scott is giving away an Osage Orange solid wood bookmark to one lucky fan! The bookmark, like the wands, is handmade with locally sourced, naturally dried Osage Orange with a hand-rubbed Linseed oil finish.

You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & GipsonWands on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 8/25/13 and ends at 8pm CDT on 8/31/13. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fine Print: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds and not to Facebook. Your information will not be sold. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules. International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping if they wish to redeem their prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.
Want to have your business featured on Violet's Buds blog? Click here to fill out the application for Featured Shop of the Week. This program aimed to give fellow businesses added exposure, and to introduce our fans to your products!

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  1. I love all the items! My favorite to look for are the wands. Amazing work!

  2. Wow - a wand shop! Totally amazing :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  3. I love the wands! I especially love the Black Cherry wand! Being a Harry Potter fan, I think this shop is awesome!

  4. What beautiful craftsmanship! My favorite are the crochet hooks, they are so beautiful I would love to have a giant version so I could use it as craft room decor!

  5. I love EVERYTHING! Though the hooks are by FAR my favorite!! They look so pretty to use!!!

  6. I love the Sycamore Wand 11 inch. It's beautiful!

  7. Such lovely work! I'm not into wands, but I do like the bookmarks and crochet hooks!


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