Young candlemaker joins list of sellers at craft store

Young candlemaker David Trevarthen, 13, from Barnack.'Photo: MSMP260214-034ow
Young candlemaker David Trevarthen, 13, from Barnack.'Photo: MSMP260214-034ow
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A teenager has demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit by turning his candle-making hobby into a new business venture.

David Trevarthen, 13, is selling his candles at Magpies Nest in Burghley Street, Bourne.

Rose Saunders, who runs the shop with her friend Gaynor Leigh, writes a monthly column in The Local and in her last column, Rose called David “an enterprising young man”.

Her column read: “Newcomers who we have recently welcome to trade with us are Classic Films, Wood it Be Magic, and an enterprising young man of 13 who makes all shapes and sizes of candles and calls his business Trev’s Candles.”

Rose said: “We like to stock a range of different products in the shop and we didn’t have a candle maker when David’s mum called so we were keen to see what he does.

“His candles are very well made, nicely packaged and reasonably priced. I think they will be popular with our customers and I hope David does well.”

David, who lives in Stamford Road, Barnack, started his unusual hobby by collecting old church candles to melt down and mould into new ones.

His mum Mary-Anne went on to buy him some proper candle-making equipment and he is now making them to sell at a craft centre in Bourne.

David, 13, said: “I was just making candles as a hobby to start with but I sold some at a church coffee morning and decided to look into selling at craft centres.

“I enjoy making them. It’s fun to see what new ideas I can come up with.”

David trades under the business name Trev’s Candles, inspired by his family’s last name. His range includes scented and plain candles in a range of shapes and sizes from spheres and pyramids to flowers and stars.

David, who is a pupil at King’s School in Peterborough, makes most of the products during the school holidays. He makes them in batches of two or three at a time, taking up to half an hour to melt down the wax and then leaving the moulds overnight to go hard.

Magpies Nest opened in October last year and offers a place for small traders to sell their craft products and also hosts craft workshops.