The Wood Spirit is a European legend originating from villagers who made long journeys through the forest. On calm days when the wind lays low there is a sense of peace and tranquility in the forest. On days when storms are brewing and winds are blowing the trees of the forest make sounds of moaning and sighing as though voices can be heard from spirits within. For centuries people believed the forests to be filled with mystical spirits and that those who dared to enter would earn the spiritís wrath. At the same time these spirits are gentle with the maidens, children and men of good heart. Catching a glimpse of one of these elusive creatures is said to be a lucky thing, for if you are fortunate enough to actually see one, your health, happiness and good fortune are guaranteed.
Wise travelers assured their safety by carving wood spirit images on walking sticks or pieces of wood and bark. These carvings appeased the spirits thus the traveler was allowed to enter and leave the forest without difficulty.
The charming tradition of the carved wood spirit lives on today. Wood spirits are still being carved into pieces of wood and are often given as house-warming gifts, retirement gifts and Christmas gifts. The wood spirit carving should be given a special place within the home in order for itís presence to bring wisdom, prosperity, humor, good health and good luck to all that live there.