This project began, unwittingly, over the winter of 2017-2018 when I gave myself the luxury of letting my mind wander, letting it take me where it would. I did not want to anticipate any one thing or another so there was no envisioning, no planning, no supposition. When I embarked on chasing down an answer to an question that had been tickling my mind for years, and when that led to an old book dealing with the chemistry of wax, and when that book opened up a vast world of wax and places and characters and stories and more and more books, well, I was surprised. I should not have been. My own myopia has sneaked up around behind me, caught me unaware, much too often. As a candlemaker, I should have known more about wax all along, and about candles. I should have known how little I knew.
I’ve been several years a candlemaker using exclusively beeswax (and now bayberry wax), and I am also a writer of sorts writing about anything and most everything, or nothing, depending on how you see it, including, over the years, my candlemaking. Over the past year my writing has turned increasingly to wax, and that writing has brought me to create this site. Beware: It is all in draft. This is a working document. Pages—not posts—will be added and may change over time. Links to these pages are listed as “Chapters” on the sidebar, and the page Chapter Titles, Working shows what is in the works. With any luck, I will add a page every two weeks or so. But it is all in flux; the order of pages may change, and pages may even be deleted. This could be called the working draft of a book. Or a website in development. I don’t know. Through the process, I hope to find out.
If you choose to peruse the pages herein, thank you. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment, suggest a correction, ask a question, offer a critique, or wax poetic.
God keep me from ever completing anything. This whole book is a draught—nay, but the draught of a draught. Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Pea Pickle Farm, from whence most all this comes
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