Splits

I pulled a queenright split from this hive today. 

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Springy

For the past year I have been keeping bees for a local farm to table restaurant/ event center called “Walhill Farms”. Yesterday I made it out there to look into their bees, and 3 of the four colonies were busting

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Tob bar frame insert part II

I really liked the frame insert that I originally built. The only problem was that it took a very long time making all of those angle cuts with a back saw. I had to come up with a time saving

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Frame Jig “Hive Hack” In Action

I was assembling some frames today, and thought I should shoot a quick video of how this works.

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Top bar nucs

Through my resent venture (if you want to call it that) selling nucs. I have run accross several people looking for nucs to fit top bar hives. I’ve come up with a prototype solution for making the conversion more seamless.

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My Beekeeping Philosophy

When I started beekeeping some 5 or so years ago I never would have guessed that this post would be necessary. There are so many nuances about this craft that a short discussion is never enough to cover all of

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How to Make a Holdfast

Making a viable holdfast could not be any easier. This started out as a simple experiment, mainly because I know that holdfasts are traditionally made from wrought iron. I’m not sure other materials will work well. In keeping with a

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How to Keep Good Records in the Apiary

The temps hit 60 deg plus on the 21st of Jan. 2017. I decided to go see what the girls were up to. I found that they were all alive and well, so I thought I would shoot a quick video

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My First Tool Build (Quasi Panel Gauge)

I had a little extra time while I waited for the finish to dry on another project to get started on making a “Quasi Panel Gauge”. I say “quasi” because it isn’t large enough to mark out large panels like

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Utilitarian Tool Restoration

When it come to restoring an old rusty tool I take a slightly different approach than what I see most folks doing on the old interwebs. I can fully appreciate a perfectly shiny, freshly painted restored hand tool. Here’s the thing,

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