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The Etsy shop "Candles by Donald" is closing as of 7/13. This is purely a business decision on my part. I thank Etsy for giving me a wonderful place to do business. Please go to my Blog for more information about "Candles by Donald" http://www.candleguy821.blogspot.com

I am a retired engineer and vietnam veteran. I was stationed with the 170th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter Company, known as the Bikini Company and the Buccaneer Company) Vietnam, and served as a crew chief on a huey. Candle making is a form of pain management, becoming disabled later in life. I love the outdoors and am able to work outside in my studio just about everyday. I think the outdoor environment around me is reflected in my work. While working I listen to the birds not the radio, at times the birds are very vocal, especially the two hawks resident to the backyard.
Donald......that…

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  • Male
  • Born on August 21
  • Joined November 12, 2007

Favorite materials

wax, sand, wood

About

The Etsy shop "Candles by Donald" is closing as of 7/13. This is purely a business decision on my part. I thank Etsy for giving me a wonderful place to do business. Please go to my Blog for more information about "Candles by Donald" http://www.candleguy821.blogspot.com

I am a retired engineer and vietnam veteran. I was stationed with the 170th Aviation Company (Assault Helicopter Company, known as the Bikini Company and the Buccaneer Company) Vietnam, and served as a crew chief on a huey. Candle making is a form of pain management, becoming disabled later in life. I love the outdoors and am able to work outside in my studio just about everyday. I think the outdoor environment around me is reflected in my work. While working I listen to the birds not the radio, at times the birds are very vocal, especially the two hawks resident to the backyard.
Donald......that candle guy
SPECIAL NOTE: The truth and the story about the 170th can finally be told, and will be told in a documentary on August 8th, 2008. The truth really needs to be told, its important. Check on WWW.MYSPACE.COM for the details, thank you
The trailer is on youtube also, search 170th

***********ATTENTION 170TH AHC VETS!***********
170 th Assault Helicopter Company Vietnam Vets, I have a special deal for you all. When you purchase 6 candles of the 3 in dia. X 4.5 inches tall variety I will pay the shipping. This deal will last forever You are family. I will refund all your shipping charges through Paypal, as soon as I receive the order. You can also contact me with your order and I will set up a reserved order for you.

My Photo's

Please do not copy my photo's and use them for commercial purposes. These are my creations. I work hard at making them. PLEASE, ask me, we'll talk, ok?

A Few Words of Thanks:

I would like to thank the nurses and staff of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Sarasota, Florida for their EXCELLANCE in caring for me while I was a guest last September 2007 and just this month Febuary 2008. I would like to thank the nurses, staff, PT/OT therapists, and technitions at HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, Florida, again for their EXCELLANCE in caring for me and getting me back to doing the things I like to do.

A Few Words on Palm Wax

For the first time, I am offering candles made from palm wax in my store. I have been testing various types and sizes of wicks for months in order to offer you a safe product. Testing and research solved one concern of mine but another was the damage being done to the rainforest by palm plantation owners in order to satisfy the demand for the oil by consumers. The company I selected to supply me with palm wax has partnered with a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. This organization was founded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and heads of government and industry involved in palm cultivation. The RSPO was founded to develop and define best practices for sustainable palm cultivation, and then help member organizations to implement and verify the procedures. This company has satisfied my concerns over the people who sell me the wax. I feel that this is an environmently friendly candle, really.

Shipping Policy
I WILL ALWAYS CALCULATE THE BEST PRIORITY MAIL RATE BASED ON THE SHIPPING DESTINATION SUPPLIED WITH YOUR ORDER. I WILL ALWAYS GET YOU THE BEST PRIORITY MAIL RATE. I WILL ALWAYS REFUND ANY POSTAGE OVERPAYMENT BACK TO YOU THRU PAYPAL. THAT IS MY PROMISE TO YOU, MY VALUED CUSTOMER.
DONALD............................THAT CANDLE GUY
***NEW*** I WILL SHIP INTERNATIONAL UPON REQUEST. I NEED TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOU FIRST.
I ship using USPS priority mail, 2-3 day delivery only. Priority mail will get your candles to their destination quickly. Candles do best if they are shipped quickly. I have had good reliable service from USPS priority mail.
Discount Volume Shipping This deal applies to 3 inch X 4 1/2 inch pillar candles. One candle ships for $7.96, two thru six candles ship for $7.96 + $1.34 or $9.30. I do not know of any way to put this in my description. I will refund the excess shipping charges back to you, I promise. After six candles you need to start over. Six of this size candles fit perfectly in the USPS flat rate box $9.30 any weight up to 70 lbs.
Sand Pot Candles are heavy and ship flat rate box. Shipping costs are $9.30 for the first sand pot candle. Two sand pot candles can fit in one flat rate box, therefore the second sand pot candle shipping cost is free. This applies to all sand pot candles with a maximum hieght of 5 inches. When ordering more than one sand pot candle please order sand pot candles in groups of two. In other words no more than 2 sand pot candles per order. This will allow you to take advantage of the free shipping on the second sand pot candle.
IMPORTANT NOTE - If you are going to order more than one item or mix an order by buying a sand pot candle and a pillar/pillars, contact me. If you use a flat rate box you can save money on shipping, contact me before placing the order to make sure everything will fit and to get the shipping charges correct. Shipping can be expensive, it does not have to be. In all cases I will calculate postage based on your location. I will select the best priority mail option and refund any extra shipping charges.
Sand Pot Candles with a maximum hieght of greater than 5 inches will always ship alone and shipping will be calculated based on packaged weight.
Quick Shipping Notes
six 3 inch diameter X 4 1/2 inches tall pillar candles $51.00 includes priority mail shipping anywhere in the contiguous United States. That works out to be $8.50 per candle. This information good for comparison shopping.

Suggestions
Please make suggestions or recommendations anytime by contacting me,please be nice. How I run my store,my prices,my recipes,my vendors,ask and suggest. Also,as far as fragrances go, PLEASE ask, I listen.

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