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Waxine lichtjes


Some thingus from the Verkade Paviljoen (museum of Verkade - known for cookies, chocolates and some other products) at the Zaanse Schans. It is a machine that produces flat, round wax candles.


To the right is an oven that heats the wax, which is then channeled to this machine, where the wax is moulded in a little round aluminium type holder. To the left is a tray in which these little flat candles are gathered. The reflection in the safety screen to the left, provides an idea of the final product. Every Dutch househould has a good stock of these flat candles somewhere in a drawer. The main use will be to keep stuff like coffee, tea and food warm. The lit candle is put in the cavity of a stand; made of clay, metal or wood and the tea pot goes on top of the stand. The candle is of pure wax, meaning that there are no black soot on your pot, as with candles containing a mix with fat.


The machine is not so big; as you can see, the lens is pointing slightly down. The machine is also working (see moving piston arm) and actually producing wax candles.



comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 12 Jun 2017, 01:01
Really like this shot, Louis...it reminds me of a candle factory near our Bangkok condo.

The moving piston arm is a highlight for me.
Louis: Thank you, Ray. I like that the little bridge can catch the movement, with the rest frozen in the moment.
This must have been really great to watch! I like your image very much!
Louis: We have been using these candles for so many years and then it was great to see them being manufactured. Thank you Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jun 2017, 06:40
Good grief! I thought for one moment this was what powers the Dutch national grid..
Louis: Well, if that had been the case, they would do good to patent it. They will become richer than a dozen oil sheiks smile
I suppose the modern version is the tea lights we can buy here by the dozen for dirt cheap, Louis?
Louis: Teelichtjes (tea lights) and waxine lichtjes are basically the same thing. What they are called, depends on the household you are in. And they are normally quite cheap.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jun 2017, 07:02
This is so fascinating to me. My mom had 'waxine lichtjes' and we have them. It must have been great to see this little machine working like crazy. Love the movement of the 'arm'..
Louis: We have been using them for so many years and then it was great to see them being manufactured. Thank you Astrid.
Isn't that amazing Louis, I mean, the things they can do nowadays.
Louis: I came to realise that engineers build manufacturing machines per purpose. Somewhere there is similarity and then they differ per product being manufactured.
I have seen in a little museum over here how much a manual turned machine differ between one for peeling potatoes and the other for peeling apples. They were kitchen appliances from late 19th century. So maybe the similarity and differences came a long way already.
There is a big demand for candles in this country. With the mess we are in with power generation that demand may well increase
Louis: Well, Brexit is not finalised yet - maybe you can place a quick order on Verkade ...
Good to see an old machine still doing what it was built for.
Louis: I did wonder what they do with the little candles manufactured in the museum - being Dutch, they will sell it smile
You have taken us to a very interesting place.
Louis: I did enjoy the visit to the Verkade museum, myself. Thank you Mary.
These old machines were built to last!
Louis: Good design and good maintenance ...
i am so glad for your explanation Louis... i hadn't a clue....petersmile
Louis: My pleasure, peter smile
What an elegant machine...
Louis: I thought that you would like it.
yes i suppose, in addition to leaving a sooty underside, there would probably be a not so clean burning smell? not very pleasant to have around food products, Louis. i suppose this small device can churn out a sizable number of such candles every hour?

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