"Pride of the Candle Maker"


Joined November 2010

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Like farms and ranches in the area in the 1700’s and 1800’s, the Spanish-run California Missions were completely self-sustaining.

There were beekeepers. The candles used at the Missions were handmade from bees’ wax. This was a full time job, since candles were needed for light in the dark interior rooms and for the services and ceremonies in the chapels. Soap was made from tallow, which was rendered animal fat. The tannery also processed animal hides for floor coverings, clothing and horse saddles. The candle holders were made by the blacksmiths.

The blacksmiths also made their own tools, hinges, door pulls and horse shoes. Pottery for use in the kitchen was made at the Mission as well. There were carpenters and wine makers. Vegetables and fruits were grown and harvested. Various medicinal herbs were grown for treating physical ailments. Meat was raised on the property – sheep, pigs, steer. Cows provided milk; chickens their meat and their eggs.

Nowadays, throughout the year, docents and crafts people at Mission La Purisima, wear costumes and demonstrate skills of the period including cooking, baking, weaving, pottery making and animal husbandry.
Located on the Central Coast of California.

Shot with a Nikon Coolpix “point and shoot.”

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