Many wand makers prefer to only take wood that has already fallen from a tree. This can be a problem since most fallen wood is already begun rotting, unless you get storm wood (fresh wood that has fallen during a storm). If your wood can be found locally I would suggest getting storm wood, especially since the separation from the tree came during a time of great power of change.
Whenever taking live wood from a tree always ask permission from the tree, an unwilling subject is not going to make a very good magic wand.
To do this simply clear your mind and ask the tree in your mind if you have permission to take some wood to be made into a magic wand, if your heart feels happy then the answer is a “Yes” if your heart drops the answer is “No”.
Wood from a tree that has been struck by lightning is VERY powerful, I call it Lightning Wood. This type of wood is so powerful I wouldn’t suggest anyone making or using one unless they are experienced.
Whenever possible give something of value back to the forest or the tree that allowed you to use their wonderful wood. Usually a gemstone or coin in your pocket will do, but dont use pennies because copper can hurt and even kill some trees.
After you have chosen your wood, I would suggest to start awakening your wand. Imagine that your completed wand is a wonderful creature with a beautiful form, imagine this being is now taking life within the wood. Imagine this being beginning to breath within the wood.
Check back soon for step 2 of this guide!