Rocklin Broad says he loves making Harry Potter-style wands for his friends to act out some of their favorite scenes – but he never suspected his work could end up in one of the most highly anticipated TV series in memory recent.
The 11-year-old, who lives in Lake Country, British Columbia, says he was stunned when a New Zealand film industry professional showed interest in getting his job – which his parents had put for sale on Facebook – as an accessory for the next The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The social media post has also attracted hundreds of other customers from Canada and beyond.
“It’s quite stressful, I admit,” he told host Sarah Penton on CBC. Radio West. “It’s also been pretty cool to see all the people I have [been] deliver the chopsticks to, [and] as I add a little magic to their day.”
“It makes me really happy.”
Make garden wooden chopsticks
Over the past two years, Broad has used the pocket knife his father gave him to carve dozens of wands, as well as canes and letter openers, from tree branches collected from his own backyard.
His mother Carla Broad began advertising her son’s designs last Thursday.
She says that a feature film director, who works with the production team of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in New Zealand, expressed his gratitude for the young boy’s skill and bought two chopsticks for $20 each, plus a fee to have them delivered to his place of work in Aldergrove, British Columbia
She says the filmmaker has promised to bring the wands to the New Zealand prop master after he leaves Canada next month and could buy more wands if the prop master wants them.
She also says that after seeing the products sell out within days, she took the idea of helping her son start a carpentry business seriously.
“We have some amazing friends who are going to help him out…and show him the ropes of running a business and how we can streamline it as the orders just keep coming in,” she said.
But at the same time, she says, she and her husband will be careful not to put too much pressure on the youngster.
“We are here to support him and remind him that he is still a child and people can wait,” she said.
Broad says he was happy to see all the love and support from people online and in his neighborhood for his accomplishments – including the staff at the post office where he mailed his belongings in Aldergrove.
“The [were] two ladies there and they’re like, ‘You’re the kid making the chopsticks, and that’s so cool!'” he said.
Broad says he will carve more wands to meet market demand and, given the demand, will purchase Kevlar gloves to protect his hands.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to begin streaming on Prime Video on September 2.