Candle Holder Series... by Roy Mackey
Below is a series of candle holders I started back in Nanaimo around 1995 or so. I had come up with a design for candle holder that would not drip wax all over the bloody place. After using it for a while I quickly realized that it was self cleaning. Once the candle burnt down to the very bottom the flame would heat up the drip tray. That would melt all the drippings caught in the tray. They would then run down into the bottom tube where the wick would still be burning away. Then almost every time the wick would stick to the side of the tube and literally burn up all the wax right to the bottom before going out. After about ten candles or so you would have to maybe dig out a couple of unburnt wicks that would be left. This sure beat other candle holders I had used that you always had to dig out all the old wax before you could put a new one in.
I also used this candle holder design on some steel beds I had made at the time. They mounted in the bottom two posts of these four poster beds. They were also designed so that you could lift them out and take them with you if you wanted. Of course because of the nice wide drip tray no wax got on your expensive bedsheets or clothes.
A lot of work goes into making these holders. Even the bottom side has lines gas welded into them and then a bead of weld around the rim to make it not so sharp. I use this standard part on all the holders in this series. Check out the video below to see more details about them and their construction.
The holders below start with my most recent and work back... kind of. Most of the ones I did in Nanaimo I don't have pics of but sold a pile of them so assume they are scattered about in Landfills all across North America! I have refined these down to a specific series now. Some have been done with found objects, others with steel scraps I have kicking around the studio some with who knows what. The connection between all of these is the actual candle holder part itself. That aside each one is a one of a kind piece of art. I will be posting more of these as I dig out photos or take more photos.
If you want to get one from this series you will need to contact me. The ones available will be listed here with the price beside it. No price means it is sold or not for sale. There are a couple that may be more than the rest. Those are the really good ones. I may even consider trades for certain things like vintage tools or other junk. If you wanted to get one. I would though act fast as the prices will be going up steadily on these until they match up all my other ridiculous prices. After all I am already getting sick of doing them.
Please note that these are all signed, dated and documented by me as I do with all my original works. When you buy one of these you are buying one from this limited collection. Remember we are not talking prints here these are one of a kind hand made, signed dated and documented originals. Of course if you are into art you already knew that.
Note: this pretty well sums up the candle holders. I have just added the last batch and think that is it. What is here is all there is. I may by some odd chance do some more but highly unlikely.
NOTE: prices on these candle holders originally started at around $49. and are now around $175. or more. They will be going up again sometime in the future. If you want one as usual I would have to say act now and save. The present prices are the ones you see below. When I do update the prices I update them all at the same time. If you see a price on one you like I will stick to the price you saw as long as it is within a week of me changing the price.
Sure enough this one is gone....
ok... this ones a little more than the others...
my favorites are more.
174 $175. Sold
Yes eyes with real vision...saw and decided...
152 $225. Sold
149 $200. sold
Yes strangely some are worth a lot more than others...
146 $75. sold
Just to note here that if you do want one of these before they are all gone you can send me payment VIA paypal and I can box it up for you and keep it here until you get a chance to wing buy to pick it up. Just another option.
I should also note that if you buy one and then later like the idea of a different one you can exchange it.... as long as you have not stored it outside and it looks like you did when you bought it.
124 $95... hold
Some, strangely are more than others...
This sucker I am really starting to thing that I should be keeping it. In fact the last time I talked to George Bush he said he was taking this one the second oil prices go up. In reality you have to see these holders in person in order to actually "feel" how cool they are. Not sure why really but there is something strange about them.
116. $395. Hold..
114 A. $175.
113. $95. sold...
112. $149. sold
107. $75. sold...
it takes vision to be able to see the vision... some have it some not.
105. $75. ...sorry... this ones gone.
As usual the smart and fast shoppers get the deals.
102. $125. ... sold...
this one was a gem...
and the antique paper punch still works...
96. $125. sold
95. $95. .... sold....
Remember you may want to act fast or "yours" will get nabbed by someone else. As is the case here!! Those with vision act fast... those without vision talk fast... usually about the MS shares they were gonna buy years ago or the candle holders they never got around to buying...
94. $75. ...sold
someone was @ the right place @ the right time....
85. $175. I knew I shuda kept this one...
83. ... not yet for sale...
OK... except for those with vision and persistence.
79. $49. Sold....
yes slowly.... over the years....one at a time... these are going to sell. Next thing you know they will all be gone and you will be telling your kids about the time you .... yes you... had a chance to get one.... and almost did... Course they will tell you shut up as they are on the phone and heard that story before.
This one is also a pen holder and magic luck attractor. This of course makes it worth a little more.
77. $75. Sold...
this one is on hold... but if Mom don't come up with the cash soon it's up for sale again. I swear my mom has my phone bugged!!! I was just telling someone that the price on these is going to double in the next couple of days and BANG she all of a sudden comes up with the cash!!!
76. $75. sold...
some people think then act some just think...
74. $75. ...sold...
yes... life is like that...
stop to think and sure enough
someone smarter scoops you on the deal
73. $75. ... yup this ones gone too...
his one is also a pen holder...
I drilled a hole in a black rock one day...
This one is great if you need to put a screw in some where and it is dark... smart I know. The best part is there are no batteries to go dead!!
ok.... I agree this one sucks...
this one is really good...
62. Whoops!!! This onez $195.... sold
unfortunately I cannot tell you why this one is more but do advise you to buy it... Don't let the price fool you. Sometime after January 15/ 2011 the price doubles on all these holders.
61. $49. Gone...
yes slowly over the years these will all disappear... Don't let yours get away because you thought you could not afford it or did not have the time to pick it up! Vintage Harley restorers will recognize part of this one
59. $49. sold...
now some of these are somehow special, not sure how in this case but it has something about it...
54. $125. sold...
... the clean elegant lines of history spiraling upwards...
but... time ticked on and you missed...
52. $279. * Sold
51. $125. ... sorry... you are too late on this one.
Yes it takes a sharp mind and a hawks eye to realize these are gems to grab while you still can. A few shorter years than you realize from now your kids will be digging through what you left them hoping for at least one thing of value. Yes nothing but broken iPhones, outdated big screen tv's, and worthless property that is nothing more than a land tax burden.
50. $75. sorry long gondi also....
say why don't you tell me that story again about the microsoft shares you were going to buy years ago and never did. Yes snooze and you lose. I am telling you, wait another ten years and the only way you are going to get one of these is if you buy a landfill to dig up!!
49. $175. *
48. $49. gone... ya gotta be fast!!
45. The mothership said this one would attract good luck... either way still $125. sold... I just heard the buyer of this one recently won some money!!! I knew dam well I shouda kept it.
Course for reasons unexplained this one is worth more than the rest...
41. 75. ... sold
38 ... whoops... this one's $195. sold....
This one was cheaper awhile ago but I was talked into pricing this one way higher by a high end New York Gallery.
37. $75. sold...
Yes did I mention this one was an attractor for good luck? Maybe I should have said that earlier but either way it's too late now...
33. $175. Sold
28. $125. sold...
24. Needless to say this one is actually two... in a sense anyway and that is why its $195. sold...
23. $75. sold
20. This one is a little nutty.... $125. sold...
Plain and simple but can be flipped upside down and used for a large round candle.
17. You don't want to drop this one on your toe... $95.. Sold
In the world there are lots of
coulda's, wazgonna's and wishdiwooda's
but very few ididit's.
Ididit's are visionaries who take a chance, think ahead of their time and not only outside the" box but also outside "their box" as well.
Yes this one's gone... and maybe I wishdiwooda kept it... but I snoozed and loozed....
15. This one is the best feeling of all to hold... $49. sold I knew I shuda kept this one since everyone grabs the one you want.
14. Whoda guessed it.... $179. sold...
13. Here is another beauty from 2010. This is another one of those ones that feel good to hold. $49. sold
12. This Anvil one is $49. sold
10. This one was made from an old leaking tea pot. I can't remember how many different ways you can use this one. This one's gone...
9. This one is $95.
8. Rare earth magnet bases.... or just good balance? These ones are locked in my vault and not for sale. Besides they are not much use to most people unless they have a lot of metal furniture like we do here.
7. Threw this one out... not sure if it missed the dumpster or not....
6. Yup $95....
5. This one is a bargain at $225....
3. Herez an old pair of my visegrips... $125....
2. This one has an unusual mounting system which makes it look strange sticking out of the wall. Since it is actually five then it is $675. ...
1. Since this is actually two then its $295...
Now that I am rich I was thinking of keeping these ones to use in our new ocean view house when we find one we like. In the meantime I might consider selling them but they would be around $649. mostly because they are so tall and have cnc cut bases filled with, I think old coins I dug up Cancun Mexico, for ballast.
I think this one sold... haven't been in my vault since I lost the combination...
This one snuck out via my free section!!!! Another cheap way to score a piece of my work!! Pays to look.
Pretty sure I sold this one during one of the Eastside Culture Crawls....
Overall I did a series of 11 chandeliers. They started from a commission by a nice lady with great taste in fine things. I still have a lot of these kicking around. One did sneak off to I believe the states... un accounted for. They were a huge amount of work but had a very unique feel to them. They are numbered from one to eleven.