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Meet Will and Elliot of Worthy

Soy candle sustainably made and handcrafted in Denver, available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com. 

[DENVER] Roll up on Will Duggins and Elliot Hasse’s workspace, and any dude will have serious envy. 

The TV mounted high on the wall for ultimate visibility in Will’s garage is tuned to football. The guys have cracked open a couple of longnecks. And they each have a bike: Will’s is a Triumph Scrambler, and Elliot’s is a Harley Davidson Iron 883.

Getting together to work on their Geo Soy Caribbean Teakwood Candles isn’t exactly drudgery.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

Maybe because the pair go way back to college. Not the same college--Will went to Missouri State University, and Elliot went to the University of Missouri--but Will was roommates with a guy named Dan, and Elliot went to high school with Dan. Will and Elliot met up again when Will moved to Denver about four years ago; Elliot has been here around six years. “Basically, we met through mutual friends and chugging cases of Natty Light in Springfield, Missouri,” Will says. 

Shop the Worthy Made Geo Caribbean Teakwood Soy Candle.

Both have day jobs: Elliot is a designer at Blinker, a Denver startup, and Will is a geologist. But Elliot had been making concrete furniture, candles and baseball caps on the side. Will jumped in, and Worthy was born.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

Their enterprise happens in the evenings—they can make two candles at a time (because they have two molds), and each half of the process takes eight hours.

The first part involves pouring the concrete candleholder/planter. They had two custom rubber molds made; they mix the dry concrete and water in a Gatorade bottle, give it a good shake, pour it in and let it set in a temperature-controlled space for eight hours.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

For the next step, they slowly melt the skin-safe soy wax, then add the Caribbean teakwood fragrance oil. They pour it into the finished candle holder; add a cotton wick; and secure it with a clothespin until it sets, approximately eight hours later.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

They cut a piece of vegetable tanned, undyed leather from a local tanner and glue it to the bottom of the candle, so that the concrete doesn’t damage your coffee table. (Isn’t that thoughtful?) They top it with a label, and it’s ready for market.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

It’s not a fast or simple process, but beers and football help.

Local Universe gives back: For every Worthy candle sold, we donate $1 to the Colfax Community Network.

There’s more in the works: Currently Will and Elliot are developing some new candle styles, which should be ready to go this winter. They’re sewing some new styles of bags. (Elliot’s dialed in with a good machine.) “Additionally, we’re going to be releasing some new limited runs of cap colorways that we’re very excited about,” Will says. And they’re extending their skills and taste to apparel design and accessories for early next year.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

Phenomenally busy? Yes. But when work involves good friends and good beer, it’s not so bad. As long as those bikes don’t start to gather dust.

Will and Elliot of Worthy Made in Denver handcraft soy candles available at www.explorelocaluniverse.com.

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