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Title: Warré Hives
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Vee - October 1, 2010 11:00 AM (GMT)
Having read David Heaf's new book: THE BEE-FRIENDLY BEEKER: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH, I'm inspired to make 2 hives over this winter. It's a fascinating book (after THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES, I can't recommend it too highly).

Anyway, does anyone have experience with Warrés as I'd love to get together about this?

All the best, V

Beetsar - October 1, 2010 01:49 PM (GMT)
Hi Vee,
Although I have no experience, yet, with the Warre I have recently read the translation of the original book and it makes a lot of sense to me.
So I thought I would but my basic wood working skills to the test over this winter and try one out next year.

Vee - October 2, 2010 01:27 PM (GMT)
Hurrah! I'm so glad there's 2 of us beginners. I went out for a rebate plane today and retired defeated - couldn't get a 7mm router bit either... I shall try for both on the web.

I have to psyche myself up for woodworking but am determined to do it - step by step slowly. I'll put photos up when/if I manage to put something together and would love to see how you're doing.

Who knows, we might all get to meet again to talk.

All the best, V

Paul - October 2, 2010 02:41 PM (GMT)
Unless you've already discovered it, 'Beekeeping for All' by Abbe Warre is available as a free download on the internet. Some beekeeping websites charge for it though.
This fascinating book will tell you all you need to know about Warre beekeeping and should help continue to inspire you throughout the winter months. Might even have a go myself!

Janco2 - October 2, 2010 04:39 PM (GMT)
We looked at the possibility of Warre hives some while back but were deterred by the amount of lifting involved.

That really was the main reason for us going down the route of HTBH's.

Any form of natural beekeeping sounds good to us.

Hope you get on alright with making them Vini.

Tavascarow - October 4, 2010 08:26 AM (GMT)
My only criticisms of Warre hives are that the bees like to attach comb to the sides which isn't a problem if you are going to keep them as Abe advocates & only open at harvest, but from what I've read on the natural beekeeping forum some regional bee inspectors are grumbling that it could make their job very difficult.

Saying all of that I'm looking at maybe making a plaster & straw round hive which works on the same principals as Warre.
Round Warre hives
(Pages 15 & 16).

Vee - October 7, 2010 10:45 AM (GMT)
Yes, I've found the Abbe's book - and, yes, I intend to open up only once a year. It seems it doesn't matter much what the combs do if I'm going to cut them out and put them in a press.

Along with the press I'm going to build one of those 'sort of fork-lift' things that looks like a guillotine from the plans on the Biobee forum.

More power to your elbow re the plaster and straw jobs SteveM!

All good fun! Now out to purchase a biscuit joiner to make life easier.

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