|Project by RusticElements||posted 09-05-2008 08:48 PM||5803 views||19 times favorited||41 comments|
My wife & I started keeping bees this year. We joined the local beekeepers’ association which offers classes and workshops. During one of the workshops I noticed this odd looking beehive so I asked about it. It was a double hive called a Kirkhoff hive. Seems they’re quite popular among certain beekeepers but the company went out of business about 10 years ago, right around the time the patent ran out. I commented to the host that I should make myself one. He said “you can make one of these?” I said “sure, I’ve got a full carpenter shop”. He said “If you can make these, I’ll buy 10 right now!”.
I’m delivering the last parts to the first 2 hives today and he wants the other 8 by January.
Also, it seems backyard beekeeping has gotten so popular over the last few years, the hive manufacturers are completely swamped and can’t keep up. Looks like I’m now in the beehive manufacturing business, building modified Kirkoff hives.
For those of you who are not familiar with beehives, the second picture is the type that is normally used. I didn’t build that one.
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