I’m just back from a bee skep making session. As you can see this is very concentrated work. These are all members of the association I belong to Airedale Bee Keepers Association. This was taken at about half time, the floor got much messier than that.
Here’s my workstation.
For the tricky start at the top the straw had to have been soaked for 24 hours, and the binding cane is just soaked for half an hour. The needle is included in the very reasonable £20 for the whole course, including the session still to come in February. By the end on the session I was just starting to turn down the corners and start building the walls. But at half-time it looked like this:
Here’s what we’re aiming for: