Our local lumber yard had some non-ground contact cedar fence posts for about $6. So I bought one, verified that any preservative on the post was safe, and my son used on new 10" lathe to turn a candlestick. We are just learning how to best use a chuck and made some mistakes and learned a lot along the way. I will be adding some more woodturning video to the channel once I master this and I am contemplating some multi-material projects that include wood and 3d printed parts.
In the following photo, you will see the before, the intermediate step, and the final result.
Yes, I did some research and tea candles are safe to use in wood candlesticks if you use the type that is in a metal holder.