Finale I

Weax: A Relatively Short, Non-linear History of Wax, Volume One, is now in print. You may read about it and see pictures here and here. At the latter you can buy a copy.

Now at work, slowly, on so-called Volume Two, which seems to be happening offline: a very good place to be!

Weax: A Relatively Short, Non-linear History of Wax, Volume One

Pages: 70
Additional Reference Pages: 7
Images: Several
Size: 8 x 11 inches
Printed: HP Laserjet, b&w
Fonts: IM FELL English PRO, Constantia
Cover: Wax-coated paper, hand-colored
Binding: Stitched by hand, waxed thread
Price: $28 at the farmers market, Marquette, Michigan
Online Price: $30 (free shipping) through Etsy shop PeaPickleFarmBeeswax.

Introduction II

After getting the Madame Tussaud chapter online, I realized it was time to really start working with what I had, so for the past month or so that is what I have been doing, working with the book offline, and I must admit it has been a heck of a lot of fun. The book has changed, I would say, quite a bit, though maybe not a lot; I am much too close to it to know. But I have been editing, correcting, catching typos (gasp!), deleting, moving, adding, and rewriting entire paragraphs and chapters. None of these changes have been or will be put online as the goal is to have this thing on paper, suitable for purchase by any hapless caring soul passing by, and that is now within sight. I leave the online draft here, though, as is, for now.


Welcome to the world of wax, as I know it, have discovered it, continue to discover it, and here, in this spot, attempt to wrangle it into something cohesive, entertaining, devoted to it—wax! Its stories, history, people, places, mysteries.

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 a 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. In 2018 my writing turned increasingly to wax, and that writing brought me to create this site. Beware: It is all in draft. It 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. They are not listed in order by date of creation but rather how I envision they might appear in a printed book. So they may move around some. I suppose this could be called the working draft of a book. I don’t know. This is just my process and through it I hope to learn.

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