Our Story

Our Story

Getting a buzz out of wood and wax (instead of bees)...

We are Simon and Sarah, from Northland, New Zealand and we love crafting beautiful creations in wood and wax.  

We enjoy working together to find new ideas, products and designs.

We were commercial beekeepers from 1999 to 2020

raising queen bees, pollinating avocado and kiwifruit orchards and producing beautiful Northland honey from stunning locations around Whangarei.

At the peak (with the help of some wonderful staff) we ran about 1100 hives, which was exciting, exhausting and, eventually, caused a bunch of back problems. We’ve sold all but a few of our hives to concentrate on turning wood and making luminaries, candles and other wax items. 

All our wax  comes from our own hives.

Simon gets huge enjoyment from tramping or simply being in the native forests that abound in Northland. 

Pukenui Forest.

He’s fascinated in the shapes and designs that come from  nature.

 

Occasionally he gets to go scuba diving. The all time favourite is diving on the Poor Knights off the east coast of Northland.

Sarah sings like an angel (yeah ok, that’s her biased husband speaking!) with a community choir 

and is loving the creativity involved in the luminaries and other wax products. When she isn’t oohing and aahing over the latest creation, she loves to cook, especially Indian. 

We enjoy the privilege of living amongst the extraordinary  beauty of God’s creation in Northland.

We now have 11 grandchildren and the grandparenting thing is a whole new exciting adventure that we are really enjoying.

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