About Us

The Tomten Beeworks is located in the quaint coastal community of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Beekeepers Mary and Dave Mansur have been keeping bees there for about 20 years. During that time, Mary has built a loyal following of customers for her hand crafted beeswax candles, suncatchers, honey pot, raw liquid and creamed honey, and most recently an excellent honey-beeswax soap.

All of our products are handcrafted (by Mary or her son Michael) from 100% pure beeswax and raw local honey. Our products are available directly from us at local Farmers’ Markets, Fairs and Festivals and at a few high-quality local retail locations. We are delighted to be able to offer these products now to the wider community through this web site.

Our bees are kept using natural beekeeping processes, never using pesticides and always approaching the bees with the utmost love and respect. Every time we are with the bees, we are overwhelmed by the amount of love and sacrifice that each of these admirable creatures show for each other. We do our best to enter into that same mood of love.

“The honeybee lives as if in an air entirely saturated by love.” - Rudolf Steiner

Mary is a Waldorf Early Childhood teacher, teaching puppetry at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA. Many years ago we volunteered one year to work in the children’s candle-dipping room at the school’s annual Holiday Fair. The intoxicating smell of the melted beeswax and the profound experience of watching the candles grow, dip by dip, in the children’s hands hooked us forever. Since that time, Mary has perfected her craft and offers the highest quality beeswax products in the area, and has won numerous awards at the Topsfield Fair. The Mansur Family are long standing members of the Essex County Beekeepers Association.

Tomten Drawing
What’s a Tomten?

A tomten is a mythical creature from Scandinavia who looks after farms and households, especially at night when the adults are asleep. The tomten speaks a silent little language that only the children and the animals can understand.