The First Six Hives

Posted by Kristin Knapp on

Thanks to two snow days last week, I've been able to make progress in building my first hives. Four of the six boxes are built and about half of the frames that will hold wax.

What I've learned:

  • Building beekeeping equipment is time-consuming, especially if you want to do it right. Tom says that a well-built hive will last ten years; slap it together and you'll be replacing your equipment in half that.
  • Building beekeeping equipment is hard work, and I have the sore muscles to prove it. I now appreciate the benefits of owning a pneumatic stapler and haven't yet lost an eye or a finger in the process.
  • A jig is more than a lively dance. In our home it is also a MacGyvered piece of equipment that Tom has invented to help him (us) build equipment consistently and accurately. This system for wiring frames is only one example of what he's come up with. So that's why he asked me for empty thread spools - impressive!

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