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Beebass Posted on Jun 13 2010, 09:48 PM
  I was planning to build my own but ran out of time for this season and bought one from Heatherbell. I thought I'd learn from using it and be able to incorporate any lessons in my own version. I've already modified it by adding the middle entrance holes ala Phil Chandler and the extra blanking board. I've added spacers to the top bars and subsequently removed them and I'm sure I'll think of a few other adaptations I'd like to make.

I thought your finger joints were excellent, the sign or a real craftsman, but you're right, a bit OTT for a hive smile.gif. Gabled roof is a 'must' IMO, I wouldn't buy or build one with a flat roof.

You would certainly be able to sell a few hives of that quality IMO.
JohnP Posted on Jun 13 2010, 09:29 PM
  Steve and Alan

Thanks for the comments re hives. I used Phil Chandler's (Barefoot Beekeeper) basic How To Build info with ideas from Robert Bell's (Heatherbell Honey) video and notes, plus extras of my own. I learned a lot from building them and will keep honing the design. I wouldn't use finger joints again for the roof frame: too much bother. I do think the ridged roof is worth the trouble though. I'm keen to see TBHs in action so as to incorporate the best ideas, so I'm going to try to make it to the St Tudy meeting. I have been a boat builder in the (distant) past, and have thought about making hives to sell, but it may need to be over the winter months.

John
beetsar Posted on Jun 13 2010, 08:08 PM
  Like the hives John are they based on the TBH plans from "The barefoot beekeeper"?
Alan
Beebass Posted on Jun 13 2010, 02:38 PM
  Hi Steve!

Glad you made it smile.gif

John, those are great hives, I presume you made them yourself?
You could easily sell those, I'd certainly buy one.

Glad you figured the photo thing out. You might need to resize them for posting on the internet though...I can't read half your text as it disappears off the end of my screen.
Tavascarow Posted on Jun 13 2010, 01:35 PM
  Hi Folks.
Finally found my validation E-mail in my spam folder.
Good to see some of you already here & hopefully the others will be along shortly.
Steve M.

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JohnP Posted on Jun 13 2010, 12:04 PM
  Thankyou. I had been doing the right thing, using the IMG button, but picking up extraneous stuff by copying the whole URL. Now I know to right click the picture.

I'd figured that the activity around the nuc was scouts giving it the once over, but I hoped this heralded the arrival of a swarm. No such luck, all is quiet now.

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Beebass Posted on Jun 12 2010, 11:24 PM
 
QUOTE (Alan @ Jun 12 2010, 10:34 PM)
After much searching have managed to track down a full colony and national hive so I am quite happy to start here.
Process of building the TBH is taking me a lot longer than was expected so will probably end up colonising next spring, still, gives me plenty of time to get used to the bees in their "traditional" hive.

That's exactly what I ended up doing....

I started off with a National last year as I hadn't even heard of Top Bar hives. When they swarmed this year I caught them and put them straight into a TBH nuc.
I will probably keep at least one National hive although already I can see that TBH are much cheaper and easier to look after. The bees also seem to like them.
Hopefully over the winter I will be able to source some decent red cedar and build a couple more TBHs. smile.gif
Beebass Posted on Jun 12 2010, 11:20 PM
 
QUOTE (JohnP @ Jun 12 2010, 10:30 PM)


Still no joy



Right...

I copied that link into my browser and it took me to your Photobucket page.
I then right-clicked on your picture and copied the image address which is:

http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/john-payne/011.jpg

We can then either add the [IMG] brackets manually or click on the 'IMG' button above and paste the link in.

Alan Posted on Jun 12 2010, 10:34 PM
  This is so much easier on the eyes (thank you to the technofiles).
After much searching have managed to track down a full colony and national hive so I am quite happy to start here.
Process of building the TBH is taking me a lot longer than was expected so will probably end up colonising next spring, still, gives me plenty of time to get used to the bees in their "traditional" hive.
Lokking forward to meeting you all at the end of the month
regards,
Alan
JohnP Posted on Jun 12 2010, 10:30 PM
  [IMG]http://s587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/john-payne/?action=view&current=011.jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs587.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fss313%2Fjohn-payne%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D011.jpg%26[/IMG]

Still no joy

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