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Bill Palmer
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Lignum Vitae is fairly easy to find at major hardwood suppliers. It is one of the more popular "ironwoods." The biggest disadvantages it has are that it is prone to warping after being sawed, and it has a greasy feel to it.
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Who actually came up with the idea to use heat shrink tubing on a rod of some sort for magic wand use? It's a great idea regardless!
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I don't know. I was doing it a long time ago. I didn't show it to anyone except the guys in Houston. I also made some miniature wands by putting short pieces of heat shrink on the ends of 1/4 inch diameter aluminum tubing. I let the heat shrink extend about 3/8 of an inch over the ends of the tubing, shrank it, then tucked the shrunken ends inside the tubing to neaten things up.
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On 2010-07-21 19:10, tabman wrote:
Who actually came up with the idea to use heat shrink tubing on a rod of some sort for magic wand use? It's a great idea regardless!


I just figured it was a natural for wands. I made my own using shrink tubing and scrapped fiberglas tent poles long before I ever heard of Michael Ammar's product.
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Is there some transparent shrink wrapping which could be applied on wood as a replacement to varnish?
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Anybody ever try making a wand out of African Rosewood? Now there's a strong wood!

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Rosewood is great but has become very expensive in the last 2 years.
My supplier only has short scraps right now.

We're always looking for badly broken antiques. The piece may not be repairable but the wood can still be quite valuable for other uses. Contractors around here reqularly dump old timbers in landfills. What a waste. You can't get that stuff at Home Depot.

The shrink tubing idea is very interesting. Definitely worth a try.
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Many years back I used heat shrink tubing to cover zombi gimmicks.
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Is there some transparent shrink wrapping which could be applied on wood as a replacement to varnish?

Yes, but it's rather milky looking. It would look more like a rubber sleeve than varnish.
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On 2010-07-22 02:32, Dave V wrote:
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I just figured it was a natural for wands. I made my own using shrink tubing and scrapped fiberglas tent poles long before I ever heard of Michael Ammar's product.


Ive suspected that the Mercury Wand was inspired by Bill Palmer but now I see it might have been Dave's tentpole wands. We used miles of it in the recording studio to neaten things up and I had every opportunity to come up with it myself (independently of course) but it never occured to me even though I made and sold several thousand more traditional wands over 20 or so years.

At the time of the Mercury wand, heat shrink had a 2 to 1 shrink ratio but now its readily available with a 3 to 1 so the opportunity for an even tighter fit is possible. Ive never aspired to be a copycat so I never used it on any of my wands.
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I seriously doubt that I actually inspired these wands. I didn't pass these around to many people, so I'm fairly certain Ammar came up with the idea on his own.

There is a kind of heat shrink tubing that has a built in adhesive. It's not easy to find, though.
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On 2010-07-22 12:00, Bill Palmer wrote:
I seriously doubt that I actually inspired these wands. I didn't pass these around to many people, so I'm fairly certain Ammar came up with the idea on his own....


You're probably right. I don't know where I got the idea that you were offering these types of wands on your website at one time??
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Rosewood is great but has become very expensive in the last 2 years.
My supplier only has short scraps right now.


Might try Woodworkers Source in AZ. Just a bit on the high side pricewise, but they usually have (or can quickly get) the most frequently requested exotics. I got some absolutely pure, 100%, no kidding, BLACK 6/4 Gabon Ebony in varying widths from 3 to 8 inches, 4-6 foot lenths. I called and talked to the man, told him what I was building and that I needed to mimimze the white/brown streaks. I paid $92/BF but I have to say it was worth it. I used about half of what he sent me (because there was no waste) and sold the rest to a local woodworker for $135/BF. When he first saw it, he didn't quibble. He just asked me how much I wanted, I told him, and he pulled out his wallet.

I most recently got some Indan Rosewood from them. The price I see on their website today is cheaper than what I paid 4 months ago. But I will say the grain is straight, the color is deep magenta and it's worth the extra price over competitors, whose lumber is only 67% usable due to the flaws. Woodworkers' Source sells 100% usable lumber. At least that's been my experience.

No, I don't work for them, never have and don't have any personal, business or familial relationship with anyone at the company. I'm just a many-years customer. Give 'em a call (they have reclaimed lumber sometimes, too, but of course it has limited uses as I'm sure you know). woodworkerssource.com

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I know this an old thread, but I just got rid of the black tube and wrapped the wand with electrical tape. Perfect!
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I got some 3/8" aluminum rod from ACE hardware, made two 13 1/2" wands. Their 3/8" shrink tube is bright red, tho pieces make a nice flip stick.
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I always use Black Gaffer's Tape. I can replace the tape, if needed, without a heat gun...and the grip is nice.

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My new Ball and tube wands
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The ball is held by magnets and the tube pulls off (compression) to perform the ball and tube effects.
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Here's my first demo of the Ball and tube wand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGgkMhQK9LM
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