Bee skep making

 

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(It was a lot darker than this – it’s a barn.  More like this:

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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.

SAMSUNG CSCFor 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:

SAMSUNG CSCThis will be jolly useful for taking swarms, should any appear this Summer.

 

Here’s what we’re aiming for:

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All around my hat …

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Well Spring has certainly well and truly sprung and it’s so busy – bees:

SAMSUNG CSCWent to an auction at Brickhill Farm (above) run by Halifax Bee Keepers Association yesterday and there was quite a lot of stuff there, these’re just some of the 300ish lots.

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I managed to buy a good used hive for a fraction of the cost of a new one:

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Pine, so I need to treat it with some harmless-to-bees preservative, and get some frames and make them up.

Also I picked up a small smoaker, I’ll be finding out what from my extensive wooden stores smolders nicely.  Maybe I could bottle some of the stuff from the charcoal kiln.

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There were stock and extensive fruit gardens at the farm where the auction was on the outskirts of Bradford,

English: Bradford Town Hall

Bradford Town Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with added pigs:

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Back at Strid Wood, rebuilt the stove at the bodgery last week, adding a further dead wheel to the base in hopes of getting the top of the flue well above the tarp to keep the smoke exit level higher.  I’ve got a cough!

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Fired it up Sunday.  You can see that the flue is now higher than the ridge and more smoak should stay out of the workshop.

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I fixed the flue up with three scavenged Jubilee clips co-united.  Minutes after I lit it I had a rather hot chimney fire, but managed to put the ridge timbers and ropes out standing on the lathe bed and playing the fireman with the sharpening water luckily.  ‘Worse things at sea.’ As they say when they’re not at sea.

Still hammering away at the shepherd’s chair, here’s some speed axing of part of the back panel (One day, you’re going to fix that unstable chopping block. – Ed):

The axe chips vid that comes up after the axing finishes, is just for people who rather enjoy watching paint dry.

Watch this space for the slowly evolving story chair story.  Got the third of the major tenons fitting today (well nearly).