Chandlers – What Is a Chandler? And Why You Should Support Handmade

Chandlers – What Is a Chandler? And Why You Should Support Handmade


If you’ve ever stepped into a candle store, you may have noticed that the staff member is usually referred to as a “Chandler.”  You’ll notice the term, “chandler” when the candles in a shop or atelier are crafted with care and are handmade.

But what exactly is a chandler? Well, if you are looking for an answer to this question, then you have come to the right place! In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of purchasing handmade candles. We’ll also go over the role of chandlers in creating these special products.


What is a chandler?

“Chandler” is a term that dates back to the time of William the Conqueror. It refers to one who made or sold candles. Candlemakers, or chandlers, were an essential part of medieval life. This was especially true when candlelight was often the only source of light at night.

Although we no longer rely on candles for illumination, they still make a great addition to any home, adding warmth and ambiance. And there’s no better way to support artisans than by purchasing handmade candles. Let’s dive into this topic further.

A chandler is traditionally an individual who makes and sells candles. Today, many people use machine-made candles or purchase them from stores; however, there are still some artisans who make their own candles from scratch.

The Role of Chandlers in Medieval Times

From ancient times through the Middle Ages, candlelight was a necessity for survival—not just for its functional purposes but also for its spiritual purposes. During this time period, churches used large candles during religious ceremonies and people relied on them for everyday activities. As such, chandlers were held in high regard since they provided much-needed light during dark times (literally). They even had their own guilds that regulated their trade and set standards for quality control.


The Advantages of Buying Handmade Candles Today

Thankfully, these days you don’t have to rely on a single chandler for your candle needs; instead, you can easily find handmade candles from artisans all over the world! Supporting local artisans, like Southern Oak Artisan, by buying handmade items brings many advantages such as unique designs that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll encounter superior craftsmanship from experienced hands, and know exactly where your money is going (i.e., directly into the artist’s pocket).

Plus, when it comes to candles specifically, handmade varieties often use natural ingredients like 100% natural soy which is both non-toxic and has a longer burn time than conventional paraffin wax candles.

These natural materials create beautiful scents that can’t be replicated by synthetic waxes and dyes found in mass-produced candles. Buying handmade also means supporting small businesses – which is always important – since most chandlers are independent artisans who rely on direct sales to make ends meet.


Why should you buy from Chandlers?

It’s easy to purchase handmade candles from artisans with just a few clicks online—but why should you bother?

Making handmade candles requires skill and patience – something that machines cannot replicate. When you buy handmade candles from a chandler, you know that your product has been crafted with care and love. 

Handmade items bring unique designs that simply cannot be replicated by mass production factories; plus supporting local artisans helps strengthen your community economy while allowing you to get something special that you can enjoy or give as a gift too. So, go ahead—support your local chandler today!


Handmade candles from a chandler are just better

When it comes down to it, purchasing handmade candles from a chandler will not only give you access to unique products but also support small businesses that put their heart into creating each piece. So don’t hesitate – go out there and find yourself the perfect candle! Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, handmade candles are sure to bring joy and light into your life! They also make great gifts for any occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, housewarmings…the list goes on. 

Purchase your chandler made candle today!

So don’t wait any longer – shop from Southern Oak Artisan chandlers here. Our beautiful handcrafted pieces are all-natural and made with love. You won’t regret it!


Is there a degree or course for becoming a chandler?

While there are some online courses, it is best to master the craft of becoming a chandler by skill-building. This can be done as an apprentice, or by learning as much as you can and practicing until it’s perfect. Your art may not be the same as another artisan, and that is ok.

How did you learn to be a chandler?

Hi, Beverly here. I have a degree in art education. My background as a multimedia artist gave me the curiosity to learn about various mediums to create art, including sustainable forms of art. That gave me the baseline to master my own craft of handmade soy candles until I fell in love with my own craft and product. Dennis, my husband, became interested and was an apprentice for a year.

Do you accept apprentices in your atelier?

If you are interested in becoming a chandler, send us a message and we can discuss it further.

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