I have a saying: “Wood, like people, no matter how rough on the outside, can be beautiful on the inside.” I’ve worked with some very old, weathered, ugly hedge that, as soon as you cut into it, as soon as you get below the surface, you see the beauty of the wood, just as it was when the tree was live and vibrant. I like using this contrast in some of my woodcraft. I leave the weathered character of the surface to contrast with the polished surfaces that show the beauty of the wood’s interior.
The following pictures are of some candles I have made. They are lamp oil candles, often called confetti candles or confetti oil candles. Each one has at least one refillable lamp oil reservoir.
The extreme weathering on the outside of this Hedge wood candle represents at least 50 years of exposure to the elements since the tree died.
This is the back, or front if you prefer, of the candle pictured above.
Here is the exception to the rest of the candles in this gallery. It is a Tuscan column that is anything but rustic. It is also the largest candle holder I’ve ever made. It is large enough to hold a 6 inch column candle and about 15 inches tall. I made a matching pair of these, both of solid Walnut wood.
This candle is made from the root wood of a Cherry tree. Root wood always has a lot of interesting elements, grain patterns that you won’t see anywhere else in a tree.
This is a smaller Hedge wood candle. Hedge has an endless variety of form.
Another Walnut candle. This one has bark, sap wood, and heart wood all together.
A Hedge wood candle from a limb that laid on the ground in the woods near my home for at least 50 years, probably for many more.