Jewish Mother Nature-Inspired Hanukkah Menorahs

December 1, 2010 by

Mary Jureck’s tree menorah from

Just like your typical Jewish mother, Mother Nature always knows best. Here are this year’s Jewish Mother Nature’s recommendations for Hanukkah menorahs:

From Eastern Long Island, New York, Amy Hess’s Lions and Crystals menorah.

Stil Novo Design’s Ludwig menorah is made of recycled white oak staves from French wine barrels. The single stave accommodates nine mini porcelain candle holders and nine 1/2” diameter mini taper candles.

Using a lost-wax process, one of the oldest known forms of metal casting, and drawing from folk culture motifs, Dhokra metalsmiths of central India have created this extended camel menorah with candleholders on top and bells on the sides.  From Ten Thousand Villages.

Orgainic organic free flowing branch sprouts flower petals for candles in the Floral Branch menorah by Quest, from Manor Gifts.

From natural woods, Branch Home combines their Arroyo Candle Blocks to form their Modern Menorah.

Richard Miller’s Menorah of Vermont Slate.

for a bit of luxe, the Bamboo Brass Menorah from L’Objet’s Evoca collection is shaped from a brass base which is then nickel-plated to give it a shimmering finish. The bamboo accents are gilded in 24k gold and soldered in sterling silver. From Unica Home.

Stil Novo Design’s Fern Kosher Menorah (not sure what makes it kosher) is constructed of 5 layers of single recycled French wine barrel staves alternated to obtain the ‘fern leaf’ pattern. It makes me think of Noah’s Ark.

At less than $50, Wisteria’s nature-inspired rustic iron candelabrum works as a menorah.

West Elm’s nickel-plated Manzanita Menorah shines brightly on your holiday table.

Alim Studio‘s Olive Branch menorah is re-shapeable.

And then others noteworthy for repurposing or recycling materials (of which Mother Nature should approve):

From his studio in Kensington, Maryland, Gary Rosenthal creates his menorah, above, from recycled flat-cut nails soldered to a copper candleholder.

Wonder if it tells you what time to light the candles? From Klockwerks, Roger Wood’s menorah made from recycled clock and other mechanical parts.

The Hanukit from Reddish Studios…why use both candles and matches?

…and after the Hanukit is lit…

Then there are those menorahs that are really from nature:

From Allerton, Illinois–the (sort of) Hanukkah espalier. (Photo by Jason Matthews)

Although it resembles one, the crop circle menorah above, photographed by Steve Alexander, doesn’t fit the bill as it’s short two candles.

Although seven heads are better than one, this multi-headed llama (that was probably born in Photoshop) is also two heads short of a menorah, but nonetheless pretty nifty. Via

Happy Hanukkah or Chanukah, now go light some candles and eat some latkes!

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