Posts Tagged ‘building beehives’


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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.

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