None of your beeswax - that’s pro­vided

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - PIPPA BROWN

A his­toric house in Kaiko¯ura is run­ning a can­dle-mak­ing work­shop for chil­dren later this month.

Fyffe House has been closed af­ter be­ing yel­low-stick­ered in the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake in Novem­ber, but will use the ad­ja­cent Pink Shed for the work­shop.

Vis­i­tor host Shel­ley Brady said can­dles would be made out of beeswax be­cause it was a safe way of mak­ing can­dles, rather than melt­ing hot wax.

The class would also fo­cus on her­itage, look­ing back at when can­dles, or lamps lit by whale oil, were the source of light­ing house­holds.

Even when elec­tric­ity was first con­nected to the town it was in scarce sup­ply and house­holds were lim­ited to the num­ber of lights they could use, Brady said.

‘‘The last owner of Fyffe House, Ge­orge Low, had no elec­tric­ity in­stalled up­stairs and used a can­dle at night right up to 1980 when he died. He only used elec­tric­ity down­stairs to lis­ten to his ra­dio­gram and mend his fish­ing net.’’

Can­dles made out of beeswax were pop­u­lar in the 70s, and Brady said they had been for­tu­nate to ob­tain coloured beeswax sheets.

‘‘They are all nat­u­ral prod­ucts, which have a lovely lux­u­ri­ous smell with the beeswax.

‘‘It is po­ten­tially an op­por­tu­nity to make one or two can­dles and oth­ers for a gift.’’

Man­ager Ann McCaw agreed that beeswax which smelled and looked beau­ti­ful.

Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties had given fund­ing for the work­shops, al­low­ing Fyffe House to run the first one for free. There will be more chil­dren’s work­shops to fol­low, fol­lowed by some for adults.

‘‘The magic of Fyffe House is that it re­lies on peo­ple valu­ing our her­itage.

‘‘We’re for­tu­nate that the com­mu­nity love our house here and we em­brace that.

‘‘This is our way of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,’’ McCaw said.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial, phone (03) 319 5835 and leave a mes­sage ad­vis­ing the num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing, con­tact num­ber and Fyffe House will ring back to con­firm.

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