Hi! I'm John, the candlemaker at Dry Creek Candles. I live in the hills of rural middle Tennessee with my partner, Lee. We have a beautiful 18 acre piece of land that sits on a fabulous creek, Dry Creek. While the creek has never been dry here in front of the house, it has been flowing through the yard in a flash flood! (Bottom pic)

I began teaching myself to make candles in 1996 and in 1997 converted an old chicken coop into a candle studio. At the time, I had no idea what it would look like, but managed to create a space that worked for many years. The studio gave me the space to teach myself the art of candlemaking. After many years of wanting a new studio, that dream became a reality in August 2005 with the assistance of Lee & many friends. (Check out the TOUR page to see it being built)


Most of the equipment used in making the hand-dipped tapers, I have made myself, including the dippers and the wheel contraption that holds them.(Shown here.)

The equipment that I haven't made is simple kitchen equipment(hot plate, pots, & thermometer) and a galvanized dipping vat.


Our products are made with the least amount of additives to give you clean burning,
long lasting, quality candles.


In an effort to reduce the impact on the planet, when possible, we ship orders in boxes that have been
used to ship us our supplies, and the packing material is always recycled.