Rune sets are no longer in production
These pages are included for those who are
interested in the products I used to make - either because they own one of my sets, or maybe a set has come up for sale on
eBay or some other auction site, or perhaps visitors may just be interested to see what my sets were like.
resume Unique Rune Set production if arthritis in my fingers were to improve sufficiently. But sadly that hasn't
happened and I feel I have to accept that the Unique Rune Sets - like everything else - are now also products of the
past that are no longer available.
The following is adapted from the introduction to the Rune
Set pages when I was offering a full range of products and the links lead to
feature retrospective pages on each style.
Oswald's world-famous rune sets made in the past are still in use by many serious amateur runecasters, professional occultists, top
runemasters and runemistresses. The sets have been featured in magazines such as Prediction and Traditions and were
seen on American TV in a program about divination entitled Oracle. I
had scores of testimonials from satisfied customers who found them the
most accurate and highly responsive rune casting sets ever made. You would find links to the Runemaker product pages on all the most
reliable rune websites such as the Rune School, The Rune Gild, Sunnyway, etc. Oswald rune sets
were - and still are to the best of my knowledge - the only divining runes that were
personally endorsed by Freya Aswynn, the world's foremost
Every rune set included 24 runes plus one spare, an introductory eBook on mini-CD or full size CD-ROM, and a casting bag.
The 24 Runes were handmade from windfall or forested branches of Ash, Willow, Cottonwood, Poplar, Alder, Witch Elm, and other wild
woods. I would never take wood from living trees. Each set was cut from a single branch, polished and varnished with a durable non-toxic water-based
I only use the original 24 runes myself for divination, but I knew a lot of people liked to have a blank to represent Destiny or Fate. That is
quite a modern idea, so users could just keep the blank as a spare if they preferred. For more information about the controversial blank, read
the rune meaning page, the Runes Forum, or the
The runes were hand marked by the
pokerwork technique using a hot iron tool in the traditional manner.
were made from recycled timber - primarily Birch plywood from used tea-chests,
Spruce, Beech, and Pine from furniture factory
and lumber yard offcuts, and scrapped doorframes. Boxes were decorated with designs as specified for each product, then varnished
and polished. The interior was fabric-lined to match the rune bag. Boxes for the full-size rune sets
were divided into small compartments, one for each rune.
All the rune sets were supplied with a provenance statement giving the serial
number, the wood, where it was found, and the date the set was made.
The boxed sets had a provenance card on the inside of the box lid. With
other sets, the statement could be found on a mini-CD or CD-ROM supplied
with the set. The history of every set is still kept in my computer document archive, and in many cases I still have a few
matching spare blanks that an owner could use to replace lost or damaged runes in years to
All products were individually made by hand in my own home workshop in
Buckinghamshire in the heart of England.
The Rune Sets
Links to retrospective descriptions and photo pages:
Thrifty Rune Sets
Miniature Rune Sets
Boxed Miniature Rune
Compact Boxed Rune Sets
Classic Boxed Rune Sets
Standard Boxed Rune Sets
Viking Runemaster Boxed Rune Sets
Carved and Colored Rune Sets
Widutigel Runetile Sets
Unique Rune Sets
(In case English is not your first language: 'retrospective' means a look back at
the past history of a product.)