Over the weeks leading upto our annual handmade holiday craft sale, "A Little Bird Told Me", on Sat, Dec 10, we are highlighting each one of the participating vendors. Here is a short interview with Carol Kubassek from Your Time Candles:
Little City Farm: Describe the products you will have at the Little Bird Sale?
Your Time Candles: Artisan Beeswax Candles in a variety of styles and sizes, and natural stone candle holders.
Little City Farm: How did you learn this craft?
Your Time Candles: I had the fortunate opportunity to learn from a master chandler who, for 15 years, made it his mission to develop new beeswax candle making techniques and put to rest old myths of beeswax chandlery - gone were the days of half burned, inferior quality beeswax candles made with coarse natural fibre wicking that gave off a putrid scent. As a former chef I’ve always been passionate about what I put on your plate - I want your approval so this demands my best offering.
Little City Farm: What inspires your craft?
Your Time Candles: I am inspired by quality - I wanted to offer beeswax candles that would burn properly.
Little City Farm: Describe how your craft is eco-friendly?
Your Time Candles: Pure beeswax is nature's renewable wax - no chemicals are used in the process. It all begins at the hive. I procure Canadian cappings wax from beekeepers who haven’t scorched or overheated the wax when separating out the honey. Then, in order to maintain the integrity of the wax, with patience, and through a gentle cleaning process, I purify the wax by filtering it down to one micron. When making the candles, in order to keep alive the full bodied aroma, rich yellow colour and texture, the beeswax is heated carefully in small batches until melted then poured into the candle moulds. Next, each candle is fitted with the perfect sized 100% cotton wicking. I'm also very passionate about recycling and all our packaging is very biodegradable made from recycled paper and hemp twine.
Little City Farm: Do you have favourite music to listen to while you craft?
Your Time Candles: Bradfield and Anael.
Little City Farm: Do you have a website/blog/online store?
Find Carol and her pure beeswax candles at the A Little Bird Told Me Handmade Craft Sale, Sat December 10th at Little City Farm (508 Duke St W, Kitchener).