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Candlepin bowling is a variation of bowling that is played primarily in the Canadian Maritime provinces, Quebec, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Comparison to ten-pin bowling
Candlepin bowling was developed in 1880 in Worcester, Massachusetts by a local bowling center owner, Justin White some years before both the standardization of the ten-pin sport in 1895, and the invention of duckpin bowling. Today the game is enjoyed in many diverse places such as California and Germany in addition to New England. As in other forms of bowling, the players roll balls down a wooden pathway (lane) to knock down as many pins as possible. The main differences between candlepin bowling and the predominant ten-pin bowling style are that each player uses three balls per frame (see below), the balls are much smaller (11.43 cm, or 4.5" diameter) and do not have holes, the downed pins (known as 'wood') are not cleared away...