the entrance is slanted to decrease impact for returning bees

discussing hive walls

I spent all last week staining the hives in my living room, kitchen and dining  the mud room. I have hive parts leaned up and curing against kayaks, snowboards, a ski chairlift, gargoyles and every other curiosity you can imagine in a world such as mine. I went with a cedar stain/finish because I wanted this to look incredibly attractive while still serving a function, so often the hives Ive seen are all white, blue or yellow.

 The stain is finished and the parts have all cured and are ready for assembly, happening tonight; I used just under a half gallon of Behrs premium wood finish for outdoor applications; primarily decks and shingling. The guy at Home Depot looked at me like I was insane when I asked him if it was suitable for an Apiary, he thought I wanted to trap and kill honeybees. I laughed and thanked him for his help as I left……but really he was enthusiastic about killing bees and I found myself a bee-snob for the first time. I should have seen it coming, Im going to call it Bee-litism for now on. Ive got it already: Im a Bee-Litist.  Alot of people are asking me about beekeeping and how it works, there is a keen interest in this project and it makes me happy to see. Im learning more each time I pick up a frame, or a hive body which is why I elected to assemble the hives myself; touching them and moving them is giving me a better education that any book or class I could have taken. When I bought the Hives and requested them unassembled, the beekeeper gave me the wise look over the brim of his glasses and nodded with a chuckle, I knew then I was on the right path.


Welcome aboard!

the beekeeper

the site is brand new, and barely seaworthy so bear with me. This will document the journey of my beekeeping adventure located on Alki right here in beautiful Seattle Washington.

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