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emo_snalDec. 30th, 2010 12:59 pm Topbar / Langstroth Frankenstein Hive! ...And Orange County Beekeepers Assn Flickr Page9 comments - Leave a commentPrevious Entry Share Next Entry


Date:January 5th, 2011 04:40 am (UTC)

oh hey

Ohhh hey yes I did, I didn't realize you had an LJ account again!! Sorry I hadn't responded yet.. was going to I swear! d:

I'm pretty pleased with the creation we have here but now we're faced with the fact that it's possibly the worst time of year possibly to start a new hive! :D But I'm currently scheduled to leave for the Peace Corps in February so if I want to mess with this it's got to be now. Fortunately out here where it's never very cold and somewhere or other in the endless suburbs SOMEthing is always flowering, even at this time of year swarms are not entirely unheard of.

I'm actually suspecting that given the whole reason I'm going to be out there is to help them pull income out of very little resources, once I'm there I probably will be using designs that fit more along the lines of "what equipment is available" and "what I can do with the equipment at hand."

From what I gather from reading what accounts I can find from previous PC beekeepers is that part of the reason the PC likes beekeeping is because it supports tinsmiths (to make smokers and things), clothing makers (for the suits), and perhaps local woodshops, if one wants to get into churning out hives for the local beekeepers, so it can support a trail of industry. So I'm kind of intrigued about the idea of getting on the ground there and trying to foment not just beekeeping but the related support industries. Where sources are lacking it won't be just find a way to do without, but sometimes to establish that source too!
Date:January 5th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)

Re: oh hey

It was looking at pictures of some of the shit that beekeepers pull off in Africa that got me thinking about building _Kenyan_ top bar hives in the first place. A lot of that stuff over there is made of nothing more than mud and sticks with soda pop cans smashed flat and layered to make shingles. Some of it amazing in it's ingenuity and beautiful in it's craftsmanship. I don't care if I never see another lang hive again in my life.
Date:January 7th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)

Re: oh hey