A 17th Century Candlewood Splint Holder.
Those same knots the planters split out into small shivers, about the thickness of a finger, or thinner; and those they burn instead of candles, giving a very good light, and they call it candlewood, and it is much used in New England and Virginia, and among the Dutch planters in the villages.
The History of the Royal Society of London, for Improving of Natural Knowledge from its First Rise. Thomas Birch. 1662.
The candle, made of either tallow or bayberry wax, was the standard lighting device at Jamestown. Pine torches were often used out of doors, and rushlights and candlewood were undoubtedly used in the humbler dwellings during the very early years of the settlement.
The Project Gutenberg EBook of New Discoveries at Jamestown
by John L. Cotter
J. Paul Hudson
My thanks to Mr K.P. Carter for the link leading to the first quote above.
Addition 3/2/2016Matt Lazur said...