I’ve teased you all enough (I know how you’ve all been on the edges of your seats…). The mystery project is: my first wooden candle holder!
This wooden votive candle holder was turned from a solid piece of Guatemalan Mora. The wood, native to South America, is characterized by its medium brown base highlighted with distinct, dark brown grain patterns. It’s a beautiful wood to turn projects out of.
This was actually the first project I began when I bought my lathe, though it was placed on hold for a little while as I filled pen orders and practiced on some other projects. I finished the project at the request of my mother, who was looking for something special that she could donate to an auction for her cancer walk. Here you go, mom. I hope it helps!
The candle holder was turned with a semi-round shape to the body, which then meets a lip that sets the top of the candle holder off. The lip has three subtle yet characterizing ridges that add to the shape. The finishing touch on this candle holder is a groove filled with crushed red stone that circles the candle itself. It’s a beautiful, natural way to add color to a project such as this, and one that I will be incorporating in future projects.
The candle holder was sanded smooth to 12,000 grit and finished with 6 coats of shellac and 2 coats of carnauba wax. The glass is removable so that the votive candle can be replaced once it has melted down.
This is just the first of my candle holder line, so be on the lookout for wooden candle holders available in the shop soon!