Candle Holders

We love candles. The soft light flickering in the dark. It's so primitive and soothing to our souls. It's must have something to do with our basic instincts. And now we can make our candles special by turning a holder for them.

Candle holders can surround the candle like a tea light (enclosed in metal to protect from heating the wood and causing a fire) or lift the candle to make it stand out and project it's light.

Candle holders have been made that take all kinds of shapes and forms. They've waiting for your new design!

 

Turned CandleholdersTurned Candleholders
By: Mark Burhans
Another in a collection of designs from the nation’s top woodturners. Armed with a degree in woodworking and furniture design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mark Burhans headed for the lathe to put his knowledge and skills to work. Mark prefers Appalachian hardwoods, such as cherry and walnut, for his creations.

 

Triangle Twist CandlesticksTriangle Twist Candlesticks
By: Arnold Ward
In this tutorial, Arnold shows us how to create three axis on each end of a turning blank and then explains how to select the different axis to create these unique triangle twist candlesticks.

 

Multi-Axis CandlestickMulti-Axis Candlestick
By: Arnold Ward
In this tutorial, Arnold shows us how to turn these unique off-center (multi-axis) candlesticks. This is a fun project and the results are stunning.

 

Candle HoldersCandle Holders
By: Bob Hamilton
In this tutorial, Bob shows us how to make some interesting square candle holders. They are very attractive and would be a fine addition to anyone's home.

 

 Finishing the Candle Sticks (Part 2) Finishing the Candle Sticks (Part 2)
By: Brian McEvoy
Staining The Candle Holders made in the previous article. As I’d mentioned earlier, with rather plain timbers I like to spice it up a bit with stain. In this case I’ll use two colours to make them even more interesting. I’m sure most any stain would work but I prefer Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain. It is available throughout the US and Canada. www.mohawkfinishing.com Ph. # 828-261-0325. All you need is stain, rubber gloves, a brush and a kitchen towel.

 

Turning Candle Holders (Part 1)Turning Candle Holders (Part 1)
By: Brian McEvoy
I've turned these candle holders based on a design from Rude Osolnik, a famous woodturner who is no longer with us. His unique design is very elegant and quite tricky to make. Follow along as I show you how I turn them.

 

Offset-Turned CandleholdersOffset-Turned Candleholders
By: Wood Magazine
These are a great looking set of candleholders which you can turn using offset turning to create this off balance feel. You will have everyone wondering how you did this! They are stunning!

 

Turning an Oak Candle HolderTurning an Oak Candle Holder
By: Bill Nosie
In this wonderful tutorial, Bill shows us how he designs, builds out a turning blank and then turns a candle holder for a pillar candle.

This tutorial has lots of good skills that could be applied to other projects!

 

Candlestick Holder with Carol Singer inside Christmas TreeCandlestick Holder with Carol Singer inside Christmas Tree
By: Ian Salisbury
In this photo tutorial, Ian Salisbury uses an inside-out turning to create a lovely Christmas Tree. He then forms a foot to hold the tree up and then turns a candlestick holder on the top. To really fancy up this great project, he turns a Christmas Carol Singer including a song book and inserts that figurine into the center of the Christmas tree.

And although this project has multiple considerations, Ian's excellent pictures and descriptions make this something that you too can make!

We hope that you'll give this project a try and send us photos of your results!

 

Turned Candle SticksTurned Candle Sticks
By: Delta Mfg - made available by Keith Davies
This is a very interesting and unique design using 5 separate turned pieces. The center turned circle can be challenging so if you're a beginner, you might need help or an explanation on how to achieve this.

The work holding is the key. It might need to be put onto the lathe in 4 orientations in order to complete it. A set of cole jaws for your scroll chuck might be the easiest method.

 

Triangle Tea LightsTriangle Tea Lights
By: Bob Hamilton
In this photo tutorial, Bob shows us how to cut a triangular turning blank and mount it on the lathe. From there, Bob starts his turning making a tenon for his chuck and proceeds to turn a wonderful tea light in a triangle shape with the 3 tips of the design touching, thereby raising the body of the turned piece above the table top.

This project is well photographed making a spatially challenging project simple! If you'd like to turn something different, this might be the project for you!

 

Making a simple tea lightMaking a simple tea light
By: Darrell Feltmate
In this photo tutorial, Darrell shows how he uses a glue block to hold the turning blank. Then he turns the shape and embellishes it with a wire burner. Darrell then uses the jaws of his chuck to reverse chuck the tea light to complete the bottom. This is a fun, easy and fast project!

 

Candlesticks: Variation on a ThemeCandlesticks: Variation on a Theme
By: Kevin Miller
This project was originally published in the Fall 1998 edition of American Woodturner. It shows how to design and turn a candle holder. Kevin even shows to make a small gauge which allows him to make duplicates of the design so that you can have matching candle holders. Lots of good learning is contained in this project!!

 

Hollow Sprial Candle HoldersHollow Sprial Candle Holders
By: Rick Christopherson
In this project, Rick uses a lathe roughed out turning blank and shows us how he layouts out the spirals. He then uses a custom drill press carriage to hold the stock while he roughs out the spiral using forstner bit on his drill press. Then it's back to the lathe for sanding and finishing.

 

A Classic Designed Candlestick HolderA Classic Designed Candlestick Holder
By: Jon Hutchinson
In this project, Jon shows how he sets up to make a production run of 20 of these traditionally shaped candlesticks. They are made from 3 pieces and with some jigs to help with the process, they are good duplicates of each other, are easier and take less time to make.

 

Tea LightsTea Lights
By: Nick Cook
In this article, Nick tells us how he makes tea light holders. Nick is a famous production turner so his techniques and style are wonderful for beginners and the more experienced wood turner. These tea lights make wonderful gifts!

 

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