Wood Type: Mansonia
Wand Core: Niffler-Wisker
This mansonia wand measures 14 1/4 inches and has been Finished with shellac.
Mansonia, Mansonia altissima, is a medium sized hardwood from tropical West Africa. Trees grow from 95 to 125 feet with diameters of 2-3 feet. The specific gravity of this exotic hardwood ranges from .54 to .66 at 12% moisture content. The heartwood is a golden to medium brown with some gray, black & yellow accents. Yellowish white sapwood is cleary demarcated from the darker heartwood. The grain in Mansonia wood can be interlocked but is usually straight. It has medium, uniform texture. Respirators and skin protection need to be used with this species as it is a sensitizer and may cause eye and skin irritation and other effects. The wood is easy to work with hand and power tools. It turns, finishes, and glues well. This hardwood is commonly used for veneer, fine boxes, furniture, turned articles, and boat building.
Niffler hair wands may not be among the most powerful, but are some of the most charming and clever. The wand retains the magpie-like tendencies of the niffler, and is drawn to shiny objects, and when the temptation is strong enough may pull their owner towards them. It selects for its life mate owners themselves who may like shiny or sparkly items, or have an obsession with something else entirely (as well as a tendency to hoard objects they covet).
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