I began this blog after getting Ralph Blum's "Book of Runes", which I picked up because it was referenced in a couple of books I was using to conduct research for my first novel. Since starting this blog, I have received some wonderful feedback from you, my friends and readers, including recommendations for other books about Runes that are more traditional in their interpretations. Through your input and my own ongoing research, my knowledge of and interest in the Runes has grown in depth and breadth. The Runes I read right now are the ceramic stones that came with the Blum book (minus the blank stone). It is my understanding that no carved rune stones (not to be confused with large engraved runestones) have been found in any archeological Viking/Norse site. Moreover, all of the descriptions that I have read of the Runes in the mythology say that they are carved on wooden staves. As I learn more about Runes and come to understand some of the rituals around them, I know that I want my Rune use to begin to mimic historical use more closely. Therefore, I asked my current set of ceramic Runes if I am ready to take the next step with Runes and make my own set using more historical materials.
In April, I will begin the process of making my own set of Runes from the wood of a fruit tree. By chance, I have one in my backyard. The wood will be cut when the flowers are in bloom. As I understand it, this will make the Runes fertile, because they will have the power in them to bear fruit, figuratively speaking. If you are interested in going through this process with me and making your own set of wooden Rune staves, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). For those of you who are still on the fence about it, I will document the entire process on this blog as I go through it, so you can try it when you're ready if you'd like. Either way, I hope you will stay tuned and walk with me on this journey.