Where did I get the Lanterns? I made them, slightly embellishing the design from Master Terafan's "furniture files". [I have a fully-fitted Joinery Shop and I'm a Master Carpenter & Joiner.]
And they are not "dim" with a live-flame light-source because of the following...............
Underneath the sprung, rain/wind-shield [cut from recycled tin cans and painted with high-temp Paint used for automobile engine parts] on the top, is a circular hole
2.5 ins Dia., which will pass small "oil-candle" capsules with a 9 hr. burn time. I use tealights - or real candles made of a self-burning wax so that there is no melted-wax over-run to be cleaned off the movable platform base inside.The lower edges of the Draft Shield have a little notch filed into the middle of each edge; and this fits under the broad head of a little black-metal upholstery tack to hold the shield in place. When the shield needs to be removed to put a new light-source inside, you just spring the tin shield slightly inwards until one edge is clear of the head of the tack. Replacing the rain-shield is simple a reverse of that operation.
The removable glazing is Polyacetate sheet. Less dangerous than glass, considering all the packing and unpacking we do when traveling to
Be warned, making this version of the original design is very fiddly and extremely labour-intensive if you do what I did: - which is - before assembly - staining all the exterior, and painting the inside surfaces with high-temp white gloss paint to increase reflectivity and hence the light-output. If one paints the lantern interior white in this way, the light-output increases by 300 % at least. However, doing that means you need to do a LOT of masking-off twice over - once for the stain, and once for the painting, so that you don't get the Stain /Paint onto sections where each is not wanted. applying Stain AND Paint doubles the labour-input for each lantern because of the time needed for masking-up and applying the two finishes
to very small surfaces. And - I found that one can't stain all the surfaces and then apply the paint - because the spirit-based brown stain will "bleed through" the paint. Staining AND Painting nearly doubles the labour-time input for each Lantern.
Another period-appropriate way to increase the light-output from a live-flame candle is to use "water-lenses" placed in front of the candle-flame to magnify the light-output.
Another complication which takes time and care to deal with is arranging for the bottom of the lanterns to be removable, - so that if you DO need to clean out melted wax - or soot from badly-burning wicks - you
only need to undo 4 screws to clean out the inside and the removable glazing. The corner pillars are so small that you have to be careful the pilot holes for the screws are drilled in exactly the correct spot in the pillar-ends - there is little room for error. Then, when you dismantle for cleaning, you need to mark the relationship between the base and the rest of the assembly so that the base is attached in the same holes - and not accidentally rotated through 90 or 180 degrees, thus mistmatching the screwholes in the base with the screwholes in the corner-pillar bottom ends.
By my timings in the workshop, each Lantern made and finished like the took me about 6 hours to complete - and the only
way I could justify that loss of commercial production time from my modern work was to do one tool-set-up for each operation, and make a lot oif Assembly-Jigs; and run through the lantern-parts for a batch of 50 lanterns, and then sell off or give-away to friends the batch-surplus we didn't need for our own encampment.
To make these lanterns for commercial Sale, I'd have to price them at £95GB each! So, now I have all I need for our own encampment, I will not be making any more!
I hope the above description will be useful for some of you, though, - who will not mind the time it takes - because
the lanterns do look good when in use.
In Service to the medieval dream,
From: Jerry Harder <geraldgoodwine@...>
Sent: Thursday, 2 May 2013, 6:19
Subject: Re: [MedievalSawdust] Period Lighting for tents - new pictures from
I found some lanterns like that, they even flicker like a real
candle flame, but they are horribly dim. I can barely see a can of
pencils a foot from them and were &9.?? each at Walmart. Were
yours any better? Where did you get them. They make just enough
light that one could hang them by a doorway to mark it so you could
walk between them but you could not see enough to keep from
tripping on an object on the floor. I am going to experiment with
tiki torch refills. I am spray-painting them to look like candles.
Funny-the only thing I have ever painted where a sloppy runny paint
job looks better than a nice one. Runny paint looks like drippy
candles. I am hoping the tiki torch wont blow out and would make
On 4/30/2013 8:33 AM, Robert Capozello wrote:
We actually made a pair of these for our common
tent at Pennsic and they work very well (we also made
wooden blocks for raising and lowering them, but we
are crazy that way). We actually found LED taper
candles with internal timers which turn the candles
off six hours after you turn them on, and then turn
them on again 18 hours later. We turn half the
candles on at 7PM, the other half at 8PM. The first
set goes out at 1AM, the second set at 2AM, and then
they turn on again at the same time the next night.
An easy way to tell when you have stayed up way too
late telling NSTIW stories. :-)
I did was to post pictures, a few of
which I am attaching direct to you
personally; - knowing that other
Group members won't see them because
the Group mailbox strips such
And I owe you an apology - I posted
those pics in Albums on the Medieval
Encampments Yahoo Group, meaning to
repost them for this group and
forgot to do so.
- the orginal Illumination for the
chandelier - that is only in ONE of
the four surviving copies of the
famous "Livre Des Tournois" - the
one in Flanders, not the one in the
National Bibliotheque de
France! The Illuminations are
slightly different in all four of
the surviving copies when compared
one with another; - informed opinion
is that each copy was illuminated in
a different Studio - or at the least
by different Limners.
That Flemish copy IS viewable
online, and it's the last
illumination in the Copy - titled
in translation - "Presenting The
Prizes", but you won't get much more
from looking at the online digitised
pictures than you have gotten from
Master Greydragon's posted copy,
[copy attached from the online book]
because the wooden chandelier is
only a tiny detail at the top of the
picture, as you'll see.