> a stick at least 14 inches > warm water > craft knife (or similar) > natural wax or oil (optional)
How you make it:
Step 1: Go to a natural place (i.e. wood, forest etc), and keep your eyes open for a stick or small branch that has been laying on the ground and that is no shorter than 14 inches. (the ideal size for a wand).
Let this item jump out at you, it's important that you feel an affinity with it - hopefully you will have this wand for many years.
Don't be tempted to tear anything from a tree, they are living things - not only that but you need the stick you use to have dried out before you use it.
Once you have your 'wand to be' thank the trees around you.
This "thanking" may seem strange, but if you want your wand to work, it's important.