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August 29, 2012

Lamb’s Tallow and Beeswax

Filed under: Alchemy,Drilling,Historical Material,Of Interest,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 10:40 am

I received a small can of pure lamb’s tallow from a friend at WoodCentral and finally got around to mixing up some tallow/beeswax mix for candles and my grease cup.  It is very high quality lamb’s tallow, very white in color.  I have talked of it before here.

I mixed it up with some beeswax to my secret formula [20% tallow/80% beeswax] for candles and I use the same stuff in my grease cup to lubricate nails and screws.  This small candle has been burning for an hour, should get 8 or 9 hours out of this one, my slightly larger ones burn for 12 to 14 hours.  I will make up some larger candles from my 12 gang mold when the weather cools.  I also have a secret formula for candle wicks [soaked in super saturated solution of borax to make them fireproof].

I also topped off my grease cup with the new mix.

A friend owns this original tallow box, made of Cuban Mahogany and stamped with the makers name.

The tallow is old, but has no odor, has yellowed in places but is still usable.

Tallow is great stuff and mixes well with beeswax for grease cups and other lubrication.


1 Comment »

  1. Great post Stephen. I’ve been hesitant to try lamb’s tallow because I live in the hot and humid south and do not have a climate controlled shop. I’ll hang on to this though.

    Comment by Tom Stephenson — August 29, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

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