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This old rugged cross is forged from one piece of steel and joined to a forge welded ring with hand made rivets. It is suitable to hang on a wall or place on a table top. Approximately 7" in diameter.            The 5 leaf base and organic pod make this heat-colored candle stick a unique piece which would compliment any home. Without the candle it stands about 4" high. 

                    

                

It is believed that rush lamps date back to the 13th century as the primary source of night lighting. The original rush lamps were made of worn out fire tongs and used to light the blacksmith's shop during the night time hours because there was never enough daylight to complete the day's tasks. Shortly after their invention, smaller  versions were made for the home.
   These lamps were designed to burn rushes which are a type of grass reed that grows by rivers and streams. When candles were invented, rush lamps were converted to candle holders. They were brought to early America as a popular source of light. Original rush lamps can be found in museums, historic homes and private collections mainly in the Northeastern part of the United States.
   The forging of the lamps requires all 6 basic blacksmithing skills:  drawing, shaping, punching, riveting, twisting and forge welding.
   Geronimo was inspired by the rush lamps' simple grace and beauty to make a few of them to light his own home.
Hand-forged horse heads add interest and personality to mundane articles. The dark horse on the left adorns a hook for hanging coats or other items and the silver horse turns a simple key ring into a unique possession.  

                                        

 

 

"Keep your fire clean, your iron hot and your tongs cool."
                                
Geronimo Bayard

 

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