Mystery

 

In the depths of the Violet Wand Guild are older articles written by some of the top ‘old school’ masters who no longer have a presence in the Guild.*  With their activity ended during the siege, so goes their knowledge on building and repair.  But as they, through their old posts, speak their mysteries in building and repairing violet wands and violet rays, more than one of these archived articles briefly touches tantalizingly on a certain subject. 

If you are skimming for other information, you might miss the mention altogether.  You may not realize what it portends. But buried in some of those articles,  are almost-missed words as tantalizing as if they were faded ink on old and dusty pages.  They hint at the existence of a violet wand Grand Master.

 

Before the Guild’s ‘annus horribilis’, the upper level Masters taught repair of violet rays and wands.  The Masters wrote long technical articles on repairing coils, building coils and capacitors, drew up charts and made lists for Journeymen aspiring to the title of ‘Master’.  Now, to get to be a Master to begin with, one had to build a new, or repair and restore an antique, violet ray to certain specifications and standards.  Once they were made a Master, then they were able to begin a specialty field of study in the broad topic of violet rays or violet wands. 

Much later, after a Master had produced a significant body of work or research in their chosen specialty field, they became ‘vetted’ by their peers, and earned the title ‘Rated Master’.  I imagine the process could take years.

But, from among the Masters and Rated Masters, they awarded one such Master the high honor and title of  ‘Grand Master.’ 

 

Was the Grand Master real?  At least one article in the Guild’s old website Master forums (which as an Expert I have not been able to access, but have heard tell about, as I myself was about to begin my repair lessons) calls him a phantom and suggests he may not be ‘real’.  But other articles refer to him as a real person.. and there are even articles that paste items purported to be written from the Grand Master himself.

 

Being on the inside of the ‘scene’ and having the confidence of concerned parties, I propose that there is indeed a person that could possibly hold the title, and that, while its not exactly well-publicized, its really no secret that he is the Grand Master.

 

The owner of this substantial collection of rare kits ‘featured’ on this page has the most extensive intact and quality collection in North America.  Or the world, for that matter.  Small wonder that he is featured on Behary’s site, as Behary collects cast-offs which are often in horrible disrepair, and while he can build a Tesla coil like most college geeks, knows less about violet rays (and far less about violet wands) than appears at first glance of his photo ‘museum’.  The incredible collection shown by Behary belongs to one ‘Darkerwaters’.

 

Darkerwaters, as he is known to both violet wand and violet ray people, is not just a collector.  In fact, he is capable of blowing electrodes himself, including silvered glass and insulated electrodes, having re-inventing the art of electrode blowing from its long dead and gone glass-blowing ancestors.  He has located and corresponded with every big name in the violet wand/ violet ray world, though they may not realize who they are corresponding with.   Sometimes he uses his real name, sometimes his scene name.  But I kid you not, every big name in the wand/ray worlds has been contacted by Darkerwaters.

 

Posted in the top of this page, a tribute from collector Behary to the violet Wand Guild’s phantom ‘Grand Master’, David.  Could this be the Grand Master’s first name?  A call to a friend and wand diva, who would only affirm that yes, that’s his first name, and alright…he resides in Canada.  West Coast.  She won’t tell me a last name, but she says ‘It begins with G.  You do the rest.’

 

And, so I do.  After following the clues, we find a publicly-posted connection.

They lead us to an old email address with his ‘Scene’ name Darkerwaters and his real name posted together.  A quick email to a violet wand contact in the UK, and yes, he says, he corresponded in the past with someone by that same real name, in the days when he had a violet ray newsgroup.  Another email to a big instructor in the West Coast.  Yes, he tells me, he once wrote back and forth to the same gent to ‘talk turkey.’  Confirmation.  People searches indeed show his name with a Canadian address. 

 

With such a substantial rare collection as his, and his skills and talents for lost-art glass-blowing, restoration, building and incredible reverse engineering that he, David G., of Canada has and has done, he has well and truly earned his International Violet Wand Guild title of Grand Master.  Huzzah!

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One Comment

  1. Blaise November 19, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I had the fortune to join the guild before it hit hard times and I always wonder what happened. It was full of energy. There was a Tesfest that I was at and the lines around the guild booth were so long that you couldn’t get to other booths. They had constant demonstrations going and I learned about violet wands that day that’s for sure. They helped me build a custom kit right there and I took it to the dungeon that night and joined in with at least a dozen of the guild members who set up. Very nice people and willing to show and teach and you can tell they really enjoyed what they were doing and helping other people discover violet wands. what4ever happened that they stopped doing that, it was a shame.