This beautiful crescent moon pendant was hand carved in central Scotland from wood gathered in the wild. Both sides have different grain patterns, so the pendant is reversible, depending on your mood and taste or whether you prefer a waxing or waning moon. The pendant is very lightweight for its size and is extremely glossy.
The pendant has been finished with resin to provide shine along with water and wear resistance before being polished.
Please note the price is for the pendant only. For an additional £4.00 you can add a sterling silver diamond cut curb chain or a leather cord with a handmade clasp by clicking here: https://www.commonmarket.scot/en/listings/432479-upgrade-add-a-silver-chain-or-a-leather-cord
The pendant is shipped in a small matt black presentation box with a small leaflet outlining a little of the history, uses and folklore surrounding willow.
Willow is the tree of the moon and water; hence it was a natural choice to carve out a crescent moon from. The tree is closely associated with Hecate in Greek mythology, Goddess of the Moon. It is one of the sacred trees of the Celtic druids, having its place on the ancient tree calendar and some reference is made to a talismanic effect of protection from evil. In the Far East legends are associated with regrowth, life and immortality, probably due to willow’s ability to grow anywhere from a piece of living wood. Even in a glass of water, or poked upside down into the ground, willow will take root.
Unsurprisingly, given the legends that associate willow with water, it is found most often growing in damp places - bogland (marshes) and along the banks of lochs (lakes) and rivers where wind-blown boughs can be washed ashore and take root in the banks.
The most obvious use of willow is in the thin whips used to make wicker baskets, an ancient practice that is practically unchanged today (I have two baskets I wove from willow because I like the old ways). The wood was often used in the sound boxes of harps and in the Scottish Highlands, used for making an orange dye and even for ropes strong enough to moor vessels or rein horses.
Another highly significant use for willow came from its bark. It was used to treat fever, rheumatism, and pain long before modern medicine and is an example of the early practitioners’ use of the Doctrine of Signatures actually working, as willow was chosen due to its damp habitat, commonly associated with fever and colds. Soon, it was found to be very effective and more modern pharmacists isolated the active ingredient – salicylic acid. This then went on to become what we call aspirin today.
One can't help but wonder if the Scottish traditional dance "Strip the Willow" is a reference to removal of the bark for making buff or white willow baskets or rather if it was for the procurement of bark for medicine.
Due to the natural variability of wood and because everything we do is completely handmade, all of The Conker Tree's products are completely unique.