:Trees the core of our company:

The core of our company is wood.
And we are also full of passion when it comes to wood.
From our passion for wood and vikings, the product has grown rune sticks.
It is so beautiful if you can retain the mystical powers of the wood in the rune sticks.
Rune sticks are a personal thing, what do you feel connected to?
With the birch? with the ash? Or the oak?
Every type of wood has so much meaning, which is why we have succinctly written down the meanings of the wood varieties we sell.


Oak

 

The special meaning of oak trees is just one of the reasons why they’re so beloved. Oak trees are a symbol of courage and power, and some even call it the most powerful tree. They’re popular because of their strength and resilience, as well as their unique growth pattern, expansive canopy, and gorgeous leaves.

Oak trees can last for hundreds of years. Because of their longevity and size, some other special meanings include wisdom and honor, as well as strength of character. In ancient European cultures, oak trees were regarded as the king of the forest, due to their strength and steadiness. They are also considered to be very spiritual, which is where the term “Holy Oak” comes from. The trees are believed to be like spiritual guardians that can provide comfort and solace. Because of that special meaning, many places of worship are surrounded by oak trees.

They can also symbolize health, luck, resistance, morale, and survival. Oaks are also believed to be a healing tree, for the heart and soul, as well as the body in general. Native Americans would use bark from oak trees to treat frostbite, and there are also old remedies that involve using the bark for headaches.

Cherry

 

Cherry trees symbolize good fortune and luck when they bloom, and they also mean love, adoration, and romance. The lush cherry blossoms bloom once a year and are only around for a short time. Because of this, some see the tree’s bloom as a reminder that life is short and that people should live every day to the fullest.

While they grow in many places, they’re very much tied to Japanese culture. Japan has an annual festival, Hanami, to celebrate the cherry blossoms. Some also connect the trees with Japan’s architectural rebirth in the eighth century.

In Native American symbolism, they represent compassion and strong expression. Cherry trees can also symbolize happiness, mindfulness, awakenings, and rebirth. Some of the special meanings are perhaps because of the different health benefits that cherries themselves have.

Birch

 

Because of their year-round beauty, birch trees symbolize hope and new beginnings. Even after its soft green leaves fall off, the spare shape and slender trunk, with its peeling, shiny white bark, is still a lovely sight.

They are one of the first trees to grow back leaves, so they are connected to the start of spring. In Chinese culture, the trees symbolize protection and rejuvenation. Other special meanings of these trees include protection, purification, and love.

In Native American culture, their meaning includes truth and the cleansing of the past for a new beginning. The bark of these trees was very important to Native Americans, who used it in many different ways, including baskets, shoes, and artwork. Also, because of all the special meanings behind the birch tree, the wood has been used in cribs for babies.

Maple

 

Maple trees symbolize balance, offering, practical magic, promise, longevity, generosity, and intelligence. One reason behind these meanings is that maple trees have the ability to adapt to many different soil types and climates. The maple syrup produced from these trees was an important food source for Native Americans and has come to represent success and abundance.

A specific type of maple tree, the striking Japanese maple, symbolizes grace, great blessing, serenity of the elements, and peaceful retreat. It’s especially beloved because of its beauty and star-shaped leaves. In Japan, this maple tree is sometimes referred to as momiji, which means either “baby’s hands” or “becomes crimson leaves.”

It’s also a ritual in Japan to visit the mountains every fall to see that the maple leaves have turned to that crimson color. And the leaves appear as a motif in Japanese ukiyo-e paintings. Deer also appear in these paintings with the leaves because both are symbols of the arrival of fall.

Ash

 

In Old Norse literature, Yggdrasil is commonly said to be an ash tree, but at other times, it's said that no one knows the species to which the magnificent tree belongs. As with so many aspects of Norse mythology and religion, there doesn't seem to have been any airtight consensus on this during the Viking Age.

The ash tree can symbolize strength, power, mystic power, and it can also relate to spirituality and things that happen in the physical realm at large. The ash tree can symbolize longevity and endurance as well as productivity.

More generally, ashes have long been associated with sorrow, purification, and rebirth, which all play a role in the story of Easter Sunday (the end of Lent). Tradition holds that Christians wear ashes on the first day of Lent in order to mourn and acknowledge the suffering that Jesus endured

Black Alder

 

The Celtic meaning of the Alder deals with giving and nurturing among the sacred Ogham for many reasons.

Namely, its root system provides rich nutrients to the soil, more so than other trees. The alder can successfully restore poor soil conditions back to healthy Ph levels.

Primarily a wetlands and swamp tree, the alder’s root system is often submerged in watery areas.

 

As such, the Celts observed their roots serving as intricate shelter systems to fish, specifically trout and salmon. Further, the alder’s leaves easily decompose in the water providing rich nutrients to all manner of water creatures.

These acts of generosity and shelter against harsh conditions can be translated in our own lives. By simply standing firm in our own positive environment, we can affect those around us in positive ways. By emitting our signals of tranquility, and peace, we are enhancing the lives of others just be sheer association.

Although it is primarily associated with the element of water, the alder gracefully crosses into the realm of air and fire as well.

For example, ancient legend indicates the wood of the young alder is traditionally used for crafting whistles, pan flutes and recorders. This establishes the alder’s claim to the air element.

Within the realm of fire, the alder’s coloring transmutes into a fiery orange after it is cut, indicating to the Celts that the alder secretly harbors sacred flame within its flesh. To prove the point, the alder (although a poor firewood) makes a pristine grade of charcoal, and was perfect for steadily hot conditions utilized to forge fine Celtic weaponry.

In this respect the alder reminds us that we have hidden powers within us that if tapped, provide magnificent resources that allow us to live out our highest ideals.

:Real craftsmanship:

For all the rune sticks we create we use the same principle!
1: Wood from the local region so that the foot print is as small as possible
2: All rune sticks are always hand made. 
3: Wood is obtained with respect for the tree.
4: We can supply rune sticks with old and new Futhark writing.
5: Runes can be delivered in a leather pouch for a greater fee if desired.
6: All runes are sent untreated, if you want runes treated with oil or lacquer please let us know in the comments.