Gwen Fehr, owner of Joan's Beeswax Candles, grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and has always been interested in promoting the family farm. In 2009, with more health problems in the family due to chemicals, she started using and selling local beeswax candles. In 2010 she offered to help the owner of Joan's Beeswax Candles with her business and began her apprenticeship. After one year apprenticing, and finding she enjoyed the business, Gwen decided to purchase Joan's Beeswax Candles on July 1, 2011.
Gwen became a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council in March 2011, and has kept up her membership. She is also a member of the Saskatchewan Artisan's Co-Op. Gwen participates in all SCC markets through-out the year, Artisan's Craft Market in November, as well as various other markets across Canada.
Gwen has been married since 1992, and has three grown children. She and her husband live on a small farm north of Hague, Saskatchewan.
Every candle is hand crafted and tapers are hand dipped, therefore, each one will be slightly different. All beeswax used is from Saskatchewan beekeepers, supporting the local bee industry.
Candles vary in color and texture, as each fifteen pound block of beeswax is different, depending on the bee's forage. Because the beeswax is simply rendered, not refined, there are impurities in it and at times these may clog the wick. Simply cut the wick to one quarter to one half inch, relight and the candles will continue to burn.
To keep the candles from dripping burn them only until the melted wax reaches the outer wall, then put out the candle by drowning the wick, remember to straighten the wick, and allow the candle to cool a few minutes before relighting. Any unburned wall of wax may be pushed into the melted wax for a complete burn. Beeswax burns at a higher temperature than paraffin, so protect your good glassware with metal containers, especially when burning votives.
Reduce, reuse and recycle by saving and reusing the metal tea-light containers and then buying "refill" tea-lights