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A simple item, though not an easy one to create, this candle holder offers practice in many basic blacksmithing skills.

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.


Eighteenth Century 1-Light Table Lamp
approximately 18" tall

 

"Everyone loves the soft light of candles. It is flattering to the eye and soothing to the mind."
                        M.B., Oakland, Oregon

 

This entire web site is copyright protected.  1996-2001 Geronimo & Mary Bayard,  2001-2009 Mary Bayard Fitzpatrick
All rights reserved. Contact Mary for reproduction information & permission.