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Rune sets of the highest quality Blackthorns for spells and magickal workings Wicca, Druid and Pagan items handcrafted from Wessex woods Dream amulets, sleep charms and herb-filled pendants Best and original corresponding ogham sets Smudge sticks made from organically grown, hand gathered herbs Rune sets handmade from native British woods Owl, Hare, Deer and Crow necklaces and pendants Individually handcrafted items designed with magick in mind ...
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Spirit of Old are crafted using

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About the area

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You can read about the sustainability of the wood source and our general working ethics here.

Iron Age roundhouse at Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire
Sunset at Woolbury Ring, Hampshire
Pink Hawthorn flowers
Log fire

Winchester

The city of Winchester lies to the south of England within the historic area of Wessex. It is surrounded by sites of great archaeological importance and spiritual significance including Avebury stone circle and the megalithic site of Stonehenge. Also nearby is a large area of ancient woodland. It is an area of outstanding beauty and home to a large variety of trees and wildlife.

The wood

The forest is old land, inhabited and worked for thousands upon thousands of years. Amongst the trees, ancient roundbarrows can be found dating from the time of our Celtic ancestors. Banks and ditches also hide amongst the undergrowth, remnants of earthworks generations old.

It is upon this land that a large variety of trees grow including Oak, Ash, Hawthorn (traditionally the three trees which attract the Faery-folk), Yew, Beech and Birch. There are also patches of Wild Honeysuckle which naturally entwines with the branches as it grows, leading to the most beautiful twisted wood. Much of our wood is collected here, capturing the sense of wisdom, age and power emanating from this magickal place.

Also near to Winchester is an Iron Age hillfort. Two thousand years ago, our ancestors would have used this hill as a place of defence, protection and, at times, as their home. Although these days are long gone, the area still retains its feeling of protection and also now, of great peace. Some of the wood for our wands and staffs is gathered here including Oak and Walnut. These are two very powerful trees in their own right but even more so when combined with the natural energy of the hill.

The clay

All the clay used to create our pottery items is hand-dug straight from the ground. It is then mixed with sand and worked until smooth. When the item has been crafted it is left to dry naturally for a short time before being decorated.

When the clay has dried sufficiently, the item is fired using the same type of kiln that the Celts would have used - a clamp kiln. The pots are stacked and baked in a pit under a fire and the changing oxygen level leads to the most beautiful red and black mottling on the clay surface making every item unique.


The energy

Using materials from such an ancient part of Southern England makes all our items very special. The wood has grown upon the earth worked by Celtic tribes-people and the clay is from an area favoured by our ancestors. The energies of the land are ingrained in these items making them rich, magickal and alive with the ... Spirit of Old.

 

 

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