Bill Seippel and his late wife Anne started Salem Candle Works in February 1983 so they could continue the family tradition of making Beeswax candles for their church, Calvary Moravian in Winston-Salem. Bill's grandfather, Peter Blum Sr, was the tinsmith who made most of the candle molds used in the Moravian churches in Piedmont North Carolina. The candle making at their church had been done by his uncle, Peter Blum Jr, who was the master tinsmith in Old Salem for many years. This was a natural fit for Bill and Anne's family as each of their five children learned the craft of how to string and pour molds from a very early age. As news of their business spread by word of mouth, their business expanded and they now ship candles to many states and foreign countries.
Their candles are sold in selected shops in the region. Bill is also a tinsmith, working with his cousin, Peter Blum III on a weekly basis. For many years, Bill and Anne have demonstrated candle making for school, scout, and church groups. In 2010, they joined the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair and while there demonstrate candle making to thousands daily. Over the years, they have been featured in local papers showing their craft.
Peter W. Blum III is a third generation tinsmith who was trained in the Moravian tradition of excellence by both his grandfather and father. Trained as an engineer at NCSU he became a full time tinsmith over 25 years ago and has traveled throughout the southeast demonstrating his craft. He has been featured in magazines and newspapers, including "Our State" and "Colonial Homes".
Peter is recognized as a master tinsmith on a National scale. He has recreated historical items used in several movies including "The Patriot" and "Last of the Mohicans". Peter has been a demonstrating craftsman at the Village of Yesteryear since 1987 and currently serves on their board of directors.