Shepherd's Homestead and Candle Maker's Workshop, Rasinari, Sibiu County

Unknownbeginning of 20th century

Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA

Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA
Sibiu, Romania

The candle maker's workshop was usually an independent building consisting of one or two rooms.
Specific implements to this trade can be seen here and include the oven with the vat for melting the sheep tallow, big wooden spoons, the tallow press used to extract the tallow from the sheep fat, and the candle makers' chair used for molding the fluid tallow.
In order to evacuate the smoke and awful smell resulting from the melted tallow, a flue is raised on the edge of the roof. The shepherd's homestead has all the features typical of monuments in Marginimea Sibiului.
Its floor plan consists of three rooms including a vestibule in the middle, the big room without a stove on the right, and „the small room” with an oven on the left. Each of the short fronts has a small window for dividing the inside room into two parts: a dark part for the bed and a bright one for the table.
The roof gables are notable due to their short sides that are very high, sharp, and covered with 1.60 meter long shingles. The long front of the house is decorated with the porch, or „privar”, that is made up of carved pillars that protect the entrance to the cellar.
The barn with two stables and a pantry are built using the traditional technique of intersecting horizontal beams carved on four sides with a two-sloped roof covered with fir shingles. A fence, called a „palan”, which is made of boards, that includes a main gate, surrounds the whole homestead and another artistically decorated smaller gate that is very famous in the Marginimea Sibiului region.


  • Title: Shepherd's Homestead and Candle Maker's Workshop, Rasinari, Sibiu County
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: beginning of 20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w4.25 x h8.32 x d10.66 m
  • Provenance: ASTRA Museum
  • Type: Reconstruction
  • External Link: ASTRA Museum

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