Wednesday, 15 December 2010

St Eval candles

For 12 years St Eval have been making their very beautiful, handmade candles from a farm on the north Cornish coast. While many other local businesses have floundered and unemployment in the area has soared, they continue to flourish, using the kind of candle-making methods I remember seeing at Ironbridge when I was a child: "pouring, dipping and drawing", it's called. Their antique marble collection is lovely (I like the idea of Bedruthan blue), but it's their range called English Hedgerow that I'll be buying: rustic little terracotta pots with evocative scents like bluebell wood and wild gorse.

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