Settlers Log Cabin Native Bee Hive

Prize winner for Expo 2023 – Judges choice and Peoples choice!

While this Log Cabin is a little more detailed than previous builds, it’s still the classic design and even has a little yellow native bee hive on the front bench, and there’s enough room beside it to sit with your coffee and watch the bees, but I have a feeling the bees may go feral and set up home inside the cabin soon.


Placing the shaped logs
All layers and door

This kind of construction makes me think of how people used to make crafty wooden things many years ago.

Removable Roof

Top view without the roof or clear window


The cabin itself is the same size as a standard native bee box (OATH size) though it’s not splitable. Bees could be either transferred in or it could be set up for Budding/Eduction. The roof comes off so you can see inside through the clear window. The verandah roof is fixed in place. There’s no honey super or any internal structure.

All finished, stained and clear coated, spring clips to hold the roof on and a clear viewing window.

Update: 13/12/2020

Log cabin connected to another hive box for Budding/Eduction.

Update 04/01/2021

Three weeks in and lots of construction going on with honey and pollen pots.

Log Cabin No. 2 and 3. Trying out different coloured coatings…

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