Tinnock Farm Candles
Posted by Hannah Gumbrielle in: candle, candlemaking, Christmas gift, dublin
Handmade in small batches in the Sileveardagh Hills in Tipperary, we're big fans of the beautifully scented candles Tinnock Farm creates using 100% soy wax, cotton wicks, and a range of all-natural oils. Each are hand-poured, vegan and have a burn time of roughly 75 hours, as well as being free from paraffin, palm oil and dyes.
Tinnock Farm put an emphasis on sustainability within both their craft as well as their day to day lifestyle. They use no unnecessary packaging, and their small-holding includes an area of hazel coppice, vegetable gardens, a young orchard, streams and paddocks. They aim to be fully self-sufficient, growing much of their own food and reducing waste where possible. Tinnock is also a habitat to a range of native Irish flora and fauna including long-eared bats, red squirrels, pine martins, primroses, bluebells and cowslips to name just a few.
We always have a Tinnock Farm candle burning in our Drury Street, especially their festive Winter Spice to keep us cosy during cold winter days! We asked Kristen Ivors from Tinnock a few questions to learn more about their craft, their process and what inspires them day today. You can check out more of their handmade candles here.
Tell us a bit about what you make.
I make soy wax candles and cold process soap with a focus on quality and simplicity, as well as being zero waste and free from plastic.
Could you describe your studio to us? What is your favourite thing about the space?
I work from an old stable attached to our farmhouse. I love that everything is at my fingertips, I can see across the yard and have lots of room to work! My husband made me a concrete work bench which is the perfect surface for candle making, and all of my work happens on top of that.
How do you get into the mindset of making?
I love walking into my studio in the morning with a cup of coffee, putting on some music, and starting my work. My dog Woody is my studio companion and he always at my feet while I am mixing or boxing up orders!
What is your favourite tool and why?
My favourite tool is an old jam thermometer that is just great at giving temperatures and stirring wax!
Can you describe your making process to us?
Candle and soap making is all about numbers, temperatures, and a lot of gentle stirring! To start a batch of candles, I melt soy wax flakes in a large boiler and add a touch of coconut wax. After heating the waxes, I mix and stir in my scents, either essential oils, or a combination or essential and fragrance oils, until they are fully incorporated before pouring into jars. When the candles have set, I lid and label them, and they are cured for a few weeks.
What is your inspiration?
Our farm, nature and my gardens as well as the peace that surrounds me everyday. I would love to give everyone a bit of that feeling of calmness when they are lighting their candle!
What led you to choose this craft as a profession? What do you love most about it?
I have always made my own candles and the business grew after some people wanted to buy them. I love how much freedom this craft gives. I spend half of my day making candles and soap, and the other half in the vegetable garden, chopping wood, or checking up on our animals. It gives me the time to be able to run a business but also further our goal of becoming self sufficient.
What is your favourite candle you've created?
My favourite scent changes with the seasons and moods, but you really can’t beat a good lavender candle!
We stock a range of Tinnock Farms handmade candles both in store and online.
The Bearded Candlemakers
Posted by Clare Grennan in: candlemaking, Irish craft, Irish maker story, The bearded candlemakers
We recently asked Michael Morris of The Bearded Candlemakers a few questions about his craft, making process and inspiration:
What do you make?
I make small batch, hand poured soy candles. Along with the making process, I also blend each of our scents using our own self-made scent profiling techniques. We even go so far as to smoke the wax we use for our Turf Fire candle with real turf.
Could you tell us a little bit about your studio? Favourite thing about the space and how do you get into the mindset of making?
The studio is built behind my home, right by the Irish Sea and with the Mourne Mountains in the distance. We used only forestry approved timber and lots of reclaimed wood. All of which has been soaking up all the scents of our candles and as soon as you step in, that smell envelops you and that is definitely my favourite thing about the space. Depending on the day there are different tasks. e.g one day could be a pouring day, the next a scent blending day or a packaging day. Each task has its own sound track (generally a movie sound track) and that's how I get into my work mode.
What is your favourite tool or process and why?
I really love pouring days. They start off with the melter getting switched on and getting filled with wax. As it heats up, all the scents trapped in the wood of the studio begin to release. All the tasks involved are quite methodical, which I love, but it's the smells of each batch as I pour that really makes me happy. Especially because each scent has a personal connection for me.
Can you describe the making process and inspiration behind your turf fire candle and Irish collection?
To start, I will get the melter on and begin to melt the wax. As it melts I will stick down the wicks into the containers. Then when the wax is at the perfect temperature, I begin to mix in the oils that I have previously blended and begin to pour...
The inspiration behind the Irish Collection was born from a desire to offer something to the Irish candle market, something that hasn't been seen before, rather than going down the route of Irish Linen or Irish.....something, I wanted to create a range of scents inspired by real places in Ireland that I have a personal connection with. I wanted to do these amazing places justice. The turf fire candle was on the top of my list, there is nothing else like it on earth and as soon as we smell it, we are reminded of home and comfort. It took months of work to perfect but it was such a rewarding project to work on.
What led you to choosing this craft as a profession? What do you love most about it?
The scent blending part of my craft is what continually inspires me, as it is ever changing and I am always learning. Even as a child, I was writing about scent and the stories around it! The thing I love most about it is choice! It sounds rather abstract but by following my passion and working harder than I ever have has allowed me to choose how to spend my time and being able to have that type of choice is awesome.
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