|A potted history:|
Skyelight Candles is situated in Staffin, which is at the
north end of the Isle of Skye on the Trotternish Ridge. From our workshop we
have a spectacular view of the famous Quiraing and, within minutes, we can walk
over the crofting grounds and be overlooking Staffin Bay.
This is the main reason our signature candles came into existence,
as these views gave us the inspiration for the Quiraing and Staffin Bay candles
that you will see on our shopping pages. We then included the Red Cuillin and,
as they say in all good movies, we never looked back!
Skyelight Candles came into being in December 2001 when we
had moved to Skye but had very little money left after the purchase of the house
and all the work that had to be done on it. It left us with a bit of a quandary:
what to do about Christmas presents for our friends. Kevin came up with the
idea of making them something personal - but, what? We thought about pottery,
painting, jewellery - all too expensive to buy the necessary items to get
started. Then we came upon the idea of making them candles. All we needed was
some wax, a mould and some wick. So, that's what we did. We made each candle a
different colour and design and found that we actually enjoyed doing it, but
had no intentions of making any more after that Christmas. That was where it
all started. The friends, to whom we had given the candles, had other friends
who wanted to know where they had got the candles from and whether they could
buy any. So, we set a corner of the garage up as a workshop and made more
candles in the freezing cold winter of that year. And it was cold, being in a
corrugated garage with no heating - but we were enjoying ourselves and making a
little bit of money too!
That is how it all started and, since then, Skyelight
Candles has gone from strength to strength. From those humble beginnings in a
cold, damp garage to a purpose built workshop. People are still amazed when
they come to the shop and see that all the candles are made in such small
premises. In fact, many people park in the car park belonging to the church
next door, assuming that large building (the church) must be Skyelight Candles!
However, we are a small business run nowadays solely by myself and I make
all the candles by hand, always experimenting with new ideas and
designs. Every candle is unique in that no two are identical.
Our guarantee to all our customers is: If you have a problem
with any of our candles then you should send it back to us and we will replace
it. We are happy to say that, over the years, we have had only three candles
returned out of the thousands we have sold. We use only the best materials and
have even had special heather and peat scents developed for us, since the
scents that existed before we started making candles didnít resemble the real
thing. Our candles are not heavily scented like some brands, as we believe a more
subtle scent is much more effective in a room.
So, that's a little bit about Skyelight Candles. We hope you
enjoy looking through our shopping pages and remember, if you are buying a
candle as a present, we can send your gift directly to the recipient with a
little card containing your message or greeting.
Whatever you order, it is made specifically for you -
nothing is taken from the shelves. We value our customers and hope that when
you receive your candles you will be as happy with them as we were making them.Nick Wakeham