Native Bee Barrel

I bought this barrel from ebay. It’s a 5 litre oak barrel, possibly a bit of a cheap low quality product that might look shabby before long. These would normally be used to hold your wine as they have a wine cask bladder inside. The walls are 10mm thick oak…

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Combination Stingless Bee Hive

Combination Hive Box Article by Brian Keeble I approached Steve asking if he’d be happy to construct a ‘custom’ native bee hive build, thankfully (as my DIY is poor) he agreed. So, after several emails clarifying various issues, Steve got building! The ‘Combination Hive’ name came from Steve himself, and…

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Solitary Bee Observation Block

The photo below is from the Bee Expo 2016 at Imbil. The little wooden blocks are Solitary Bee Observation Blocks and were made by Chris Fuller of Kin Kin Native Bees . The idea is that some Solitary Bees like Leaf Cutters or Resin Bees will create their nest in…

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Native Bee Signs

I’ve been working on some routed timber signs… I’ve used some rough Cypress timber slabs here, putting them through the thicknesser to achieve a nice flat surface. The grain shows up really nicely on Cypress, as opposed to Hoop Pine which is fairly bland. It took me a while to…

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Budding Kit – version 2

This is the new version of my Budding Kit (Budding also known as Eduction). The previous version was quite involved in the construction which made for a great box but was possibly overkill, so i’ve stripped the design right down to simplify the construction while still providing the same result,…

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Dog Hive Box

Above: I fetched one of the spare Mail Boxes I usually make Below: Adding a head, tail and feet. The head started out facing forward as you’d think would be normal, After thinking about it i pawsed, and remembering the Mambo dog, it’s better to have the head turning back,…

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OATHs with fitted lid

I thought i’d make a few Observation boxes with a fitted lid, not hinged. The lid will be easily removed so you can see through the viewing window and check on the progress of the bees. The top honey super frame. I’ve recessed the viewing window in and removed a section…

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Skep – Sisal Rope

The Dictionary describes a Skep as “A straw or wicker beehive”. Quote from Wikipedia “Skeps, baskets placed open-end-down, have been used to house bees for some 2000 years. Initially they were made from wicker plastered with mud and dung but from the Middle Ages they were made of straw. In northern and…

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