Candle Holders

I made this candle holder incorporating dogwood flowers, leaves, grasses,
and tendrils in a class from Joe Brown at the Appalachian Center for Crafts.

Tealight holder examples

"Sticking Tommy" Miner's Candle Holder Examples

Rush Light/Nips
©Rushlight Events

"Rush Light Nips first appeared in the early 18th century and were designed as a candlestick substitute. With the introduction of a Candle Tax in 1709, rushes became the cheaper alternative.

Rushes (seaves) were gathered in late summer or autumn and peeled so that only a narrow strip of the peel to support the pith remained. The rushes were then drawn (in a gresset) through scalding animal fat until saturated and then hardened off for use when cool. The rush would be held between the plier like jaws of the rushlight holder or rushnip. (A rush stand was originally made by splitting a stick and in fact this sort of rush stand was in use right up to the time when the farmers gave up making their own.) Finally, an end would be lit and, voila, a seriously cheap and renewable source of light was created."

Gathering rushes from the river

dish for greasing rushes
Grissets used to hold the grease the rushes are dragged through
finished rushes hanging ready for use
Coated rushes hanging ready for use
Coated rushes drying
Greased rushes drying and/or hardening

Combination Rush/Candle Stands
combination candle rush holder

Splint Holders

Other Examples of Candle Holders

Early tin scoop candle holder, yes that is an electric bulb and an electric cord going
out the back (but you get the idea).

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