FORGED STEEL CANDLE SPIKE PA7895 SMITHWARE Blacksmithing was a skill so valued that it was considered part of the set of seven mechanical arts. Blacksmiths are skilled artisans who work by heating pieces of wrought iron or steel, until the metal becomes soft enough to be shaped with hand tools such as hammer, anvil and chisel. Simply hammer this forged Candle Spike into a tree trunk or push it into a rock crevice and it will hold your light for you. For indoor or table use, attach a bobeche on the candle, or quick-make and spike it into any rustic wood platform base you might fancy to catch the wax drippings. Each Candle Spike measures 5 3/8" overall with a 3" spike capable of penetrating wood posts or planks. One piece blackened finish steel construction.
• Measures: 3" spike, 5.5" overall • Historically Accurate • Material: Hand forged blackened steel • Weight: 0.15 lbs
Specs may vary slightly from piece to piece. Spikes are sold separately or available in 10pc bulk pack at a discounted price!
The earliest surviving candles originated in China around 200 BC, and were made from whale fat. In the Middle Ages in Europe, tallow candles were the most common candle. Through time they were made from other materials too, spermaceti, colza oil and beeswax. Beeswax, compared to animal-based tallow, burned cleanly, without smoky flame. Rather than the foul and terrible odor of tallow, it emits a fresh smell. Beeswax candles were expensive, and relatively few people could afford to burn them in their homes in medieval Europe. Later the discovery of paraffin wax made production of candles cheap and candles affordable to everyone. Wick was also improved over time and made from paper, cotton, hemp and flax with different times and ways of burning.