The gourd's natural form lends a lovely organic feel to an autumnal table. And since no two gourds are ever identical, these candles are all variations on a single theme, but no two will ever be exactly alike. Use beeswax for a fresh, sweet smell and a long, slow burn.
Bleached beeswax (1 pound for a 2-pound squash)
6-inch chef's knife
Ceramist's trimming tool
Pencil or chop stick
Aniline dyes (we used gold and blue)
Wicks and wick tabs
Tin cans or "nests" of aluminum foil (to hold gourd in place as wax cools)