My father made several candlesticks, and his preferred material was rosewood. The “Caravel” candlesticks, both the one with two and the one with three candles, were inspired by Tonn-P’s love of ships and planes. As a boy he built lots of beautiful ships models, and if you see the diagonal lines in the candlesticks, they very clearly resemble the lines of masts with booms on the medieval type caravel ships.
In the 1960’s SAS acquired the French designed Caravelle (Sud Aviation) airplane, and Tonn-P was very fond of its sophisticated and futuristic design. If you look at the cups holding the candles, you can clearly see the parable-shaped lines of the window corners of the very special triangular windows of the aircraft. These lines could also be seen in the special drinking glasses and plates (not by Tonn-P) used on board. The Caravelle started the jet-age for SAS, and a lot of PR was created around it.
Funny story: One day my father came home and said: “Today I gave away a complete aircraft for free”. He had in commission giving away the Caravelle named “Ulf Wiking”. The newly opened aircraft museum in Billund was interested, but later closed. Now you can se it on the technical museum in Helsingør.
The candlesticks were never produced in any high numbers, and unfortunately only promotion photos and design drawings exist today in the family:
Luckily SpringCopenhagen, the company that produces my fathers “Peberfugl”, have started a production of the three-armed version, but a prototype of the one with two arms is right now standing on our buffet looking pretty. Rosewood is very expensive to use today, by they have found other beautiful alternatives. Also the candles nowadays are a little wider, so they had to alter a little bit to the original design, but I still think the candlesticks are just as nice and elegant: