We are Simon and Sarah Peacey, living on a bend of the Wairua River, west of Whangarei. At Wairua Wood and Wax we love crafting beautiful creations from wood and beeswax for you to enjoy. They all make beautiful gifts for yourself or others.
Simon is a wood turner / wood artist, using swamp kauri (which has been buried for thousands of years), recycled and fallen native timbers.
Sarah creates luminaries, candles and other products all made from pure beeswax from our own hives and vegetable based dyes. Luminaries are thin walled, translucent beeswax “bowls”, that are often highly coloured and each one is unique. They are beautiful by day and stunning at night. A tealight is placed inside and the colours come to life.
We enjoy working together to find new ideas, products and designs combining the beauty of both wood and beeswax. If you’d like to commission us to create anything, we’re up for the challenge!
We were commercial beekeepers from 1999 to 2020 raising queen bees, pollinating orchards and producing gorgeous Northland honey. At the peak 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 wood and beeswax.
We enjoy living amongst the extraordinary beauty of God’s creation in Northland, and we’re fascinated by, and gain inspiration from the shapes and designs that come from nature.
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 her latest creation, she loves to cook, especially Indian. Simon likes to eat, so it’s a wonderful combination!