Monthly Archives: January 2015

Heck, it’s nearly February!

Bee skep making again tomorrow and no post in between.

It’s been a little chilly and dark, but now we’re rounding the corner as Monday is Candlemas, when we turn off the Winter lights left over from the 40 days of Christmas fest.  Candlemas falls midway between the Winter solstice and the Spring equinox, so either the depths of Winter, or nearly Spring depending.

I’ve been making lambs tongues (40 of ’em):

SAMSUNG CSCThey stop the chamfers on me new ‘window’ bars:

SAMSUNG CSCThis may look a little odd, but it is an opening in a wall that is outside on both sides and we wanted to get some light through to prevent a dark little corner.  I understand these opening fillers were used in the Olden Days before glass was extensively affordable.  Perhaps someone who knows more than I do about timber buildings will put me straight.  I have seen them in several period buildings and I like the look.  Mine may be over fancy and perhaps they should be like these at St Gregory’s Abbey in East Yorkshire:

SAMSUNG CSCAnd Great Dixter:

SAMSUNG CSCThis may have been messed about with a bit, as an extra wing was added in the 20th century.

SAMSUNG CSCWhile I was making the bars I used the double screw vice as part of the hold me down while planing.  Speaking of which, I fixed the bench last week, it had gradually grown two inches out of level. Consequent of a floor of rotting shavings.  It seems a little unfamiliar now level both ways, but things should fall off it a little less frequently.

 

New member of the woodland menagerie:

SAMSUNG CSCA lil girl is making one on a course next month so I thought I should have a practice one for her to copy.

Hope Spring comes soon, meanwhile more of this in the pipeline:

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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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