Cascade Woodturners Association

The Winter Solstice Cascade Candlestick Contest - (the “WSCCC”)

This year the winter solstice will be on December 21st, 2021.  The winter solstice is the date on which daylight stops decreasing and starts increasing. Humans have celebrated this important date for at least 5,000 years, mostly with light from fires. 

These days when we celebrate using firelight we mostly use candles, and woodturners have a long history of making candlesticks to help people celebrate with candles.  So the Cascade Woodturners Association is announcing its first ever Winter Solstice Cascade Candle Contest or “WSCCC.”  It works like this:

To enter, a member must send in a picture of a candlestick the member has made in compliance with the Basic Rules, as listed below.  The esteemed judges (President Gary Borders, Vice President Suzanne Jensen, Secretary Steve Walgrave and me) will select the contest winners and display the winning pictures at the January meeting.  Based on the pictures that are received, the judges will create contest categories and select winners for each category.  The categories the judges create may include, but are not limited to, standard museum art show categories such as “biggest,” “smallest,” “most colorful” and “oddest.”  Contest winners will be entitled to the respect and adulation of all members until the winners of the second WSCCC are announced, if ever.

The Basic Rules:

  1. The candlestick must be made at least partly of wood and must be shaped, at least partly, by woodturning.

  2. The candlestick must hold one or more actual candles that can be lit.

  3. The candlestick must hold its candles in a vertical position.

  4. The picture of the candlestick must be emailed to Harvey, Gary, Suzanne or Steve no later than midnight Pacific Time on January 20, 2021.

The rest is up to you; the possibilities are almost endless.  Here are some examples:

The AAW website has a number of articles on turning candlesticks and candle holders.  You can also search on YouTube for “woodturning candlesticks” to see some videos of other turners making them.  And if you want to try to make a joyful, multi-axis snowman you can watch my inept demo at the end of the November Cascade meeting. See:  

This contest came about because I was missing the opportunity to talk with folks at Cascade meetings about what they were doing, and missing the hands-on classes where I would try to make the same thing as other turners, and talk with them about it both during class and afterward. I thought having a bunch of us work on a common theme might give me some of what I am missing.  If this effort is popular Cascade will likely do something similar again in 2021.

If you have questions please contact me at

Stay healthy, turn safely and have a Happy New Year!

Harvey Rogers

Cascade Safety Officer and Contest Impresario

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