I know that to some wands are fluff.
Mine are a creative outlet for my magickal interests.
Each is gathered as a fallen branch, smudged and charged under a full moon before hand carving begins.
The type of wood is considered, and it's future use is determined.
A harmony of minerals, colors, herbs, charms, feathers, bones, beads, shells etc. are chosen to create a tool of beauty and power to focus the energy of the user or to simply have a place in a collector's den.
They have proven mildly profitable in shops throughout the country and into Canada, and maybe one day it will be my living.
While wands are not my only artistic interest, they are my favorite.