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Obsolete Occupations of the Netherlands© Cor Snabel
Candle maker (kaarsenmaker)Even the Romans used tallow- and wax candles and they called it “candelae”, which is the origin of the word candle. The Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great (849-894) had candles made of beeswax, which could measure the time; six candles burned for exactly 24 hours. Originally candles were used to honour the Gods and not for illumination. Before the Reformation the castle-church of Wittenberg used 35,750 pounds of candles each year. Due to the prices of candles people started to use them for illumination purposes only much later, until then they used torches. The candles made of beeswax were used in the churches, but the common man only had the ones made of animal fat, which produced a lot of smoke and an unpleasant smell. The wick of these cheap candles charred while burning and had to be shortened all the time in order to avoid soot and smoke. The use of the twined cotton wick was a tremendous improvement.
The manufacturing of candles was a craft of patience; the candles were made by attaching twined flax spaced evenly on a long stick, dipping it into melted wax or grease and let it drip down and dry. This process had to be repeated until the candles had their required thickness. However not all candles were made this way, for the large ones forms were used, which were filled with melted wax. In theatres large trays full of wax were used with at least 160 burning wicks. It is obvious that this led to dangerous situations.
If you want to see a picture of the candle maker, go to: http://www.geneaknowhow.net/in/beroepen/luyken/kaarsemaker.html
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