Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bee Hive

My friend and woodworker, Herschel Lamb, is in the picture above with his latest building project.

Lamb was commissioned by another person to build two bee hives following a design plan from another country. Local people and area beekeepers I've spoken to have never seen this style hive which is built using cedar or cypress lumber. All beekeeping in this area are swarms kept in painted wood structures with a square footprint and towering upward to form the shape of a cube.

The pictures below show the inside compartments, bee entry holes, and slats where the honey combs will adhere and hang.

One neighbor beekeeper who looked at the finished hive didn't understand how the queen bee would be kept separated from the combs where workers make and store the honey that is harvested for human consumption. All of us are interested in following the new project to learn about the benefits of this design compared to the traditional hive used in this area.

Herschel Lamb is a retired trucker and a previous owner-operator of 5 new Kenworth trucks that pulled temperature controlled or flatbed trailers throughout the United States. He grew up in Wadley, Georgia, served in Korea and New Zealand while in the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, worked as a foreman for a period in furniture factories, and moved to Clemmons and Pfafftown many years ago. His time in retirement is devoted to building custom-made furniture of high quality like beds, computer desks, file cabinets, book cases, lamps, bowls, armoire, and many other fine pieces.

Have a good week!





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