From Cunnan
Revision as of 16:25, 10 September 2003 by Tiff (talk | contribs)
Jump to navigationJump to search

Rushlights were the lighting choice of the poor - very low cost, but not very bright, and may be smelly (because of the tallow). Used from ancient times through to post period.

A pith-filled rush is cut, and soaked in tallow (rendered animal fat) so that the tallow soaks up into the pith. The rush is then dried, and when needed, put in a stand and lit, and slowly burns down like a candle.

see also: