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 western Europe, skeps were made of […]

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Octagonal Hive V3

This article follows the progress of this box from 2017 to the current date… I’ve started on some new Octagonal Boxes. I’ll add more to this as I progress. The base layer and middle layer are 2.6L volume each. The top layer is 1.9L and can be closed off to reduce the volume of the […]

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The Outhouse

Just for a laugh i made something a little different, The Outhouse – Dunny Box! This box should provide quite a sturdy and solid home for native bees, something you could use as a feature in the garden and doesn’t need any extra protection from the weather. Using 40mm rough cypress… Below – the inner […]

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OATH Construction Plans

Native Stingless Bee Box – Original Australian Trigona Hive – OATH Updated: 26 July 2020 Note: Before you make a Native Bee Box read this article – New To Native Bees? Important – These plans are intended for people that already have bees. When you buy native bees they will come in a box already. […]

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South American Inspired

This is my interpretation of a South American / Brazilian design for a native hive. Specs: Timber: Cypress Timber Thickness: 25mm + 25mm Design: ? Internal Volume: 4.5 litres Brood Supports: Acrylic Separator Plates: Acrylic Grab some mill sawn timber… Plane surfaces to clean it up, rip it to desired width and cut to length… Below […]

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