Finally picked the winners of the T-shirt contest, then realized as soon as I announced the winners I would have people wanting shirts. So I’ve already got the shirts set up on Printfection! Now, I just need to finish the video and post!
A nifty short 3 minute news clip on Berlin beekeeping on rooftops. What a great effort to put hives on famous buildings!
For those of you who don’t live in the US, an albatross is a bird found near oceans. The beek makes for a useful wax holder.
A fellow beek from Poland read my swarm trapping book and built a trap. It caught bees, but under it. I’ve seen this happen before. I’m interested in seeing if we, as a beekeepers, can figure out the common denominator of why.
I’m looking to see if there is a trend. In his photo, and from his video I see a undersized hole and a huge swarm.
If anyone else has caught a underslung swarm, please comment below with the:
- How large was your entrance hole? (i.e. 1″ diameter)
- How large was the swarm? (ie. small/medium/big/huge/it-carried-off-the-trap)
- How big was the trap? (about 6 frame / 8-frame / 10-frame (langstroth)
thanks! Doing my part to save the world, as we all should.
I was out in a field north of Houston and saw Indian Blanket blooming on Dec 8. Also known as Firewheel, this is the main honeyflow plant during APRIL in Texas. So I took a picture to show you how bitter cold our winters can be. :0)
I’ve been working for a while on a design for a smoker that is appropriate for third world beekeeping. The focus was on steel food cans that are ubiquitous in all countries. The can comprises the fire chamber.
I intend to make a complete video on the construction and manufacturing of this. In my own way, I want to improve the planet. I think a simply designed smoker will help many low income beekeepers throughout the world.
Design Plans Coming
I can outline how I made this third world bee smoker on another page.
A new video is put out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhCuyJ5qQKY&list=UUndWYkPK3h04-69TmN_ZcNw&index=1&feature=plcp
Covering an inspection with some creepy crawlies and a voice over commentary.
A few interesting tricks learned at the outyard are explained in our new video on tips and tricks.
The coolest beekeeping photos around! Worth a click. or two. or three. or…hell, I lost an hour here.
So I’ve been wanting to put out some T-shirts that help promote beekeepers in our society. You know – cool shirts beeks would love to where. The problem is, I’m just an engineer and my aesthetic aptitude scores show I’m in the bottom 2% of the nation. I mean hey, you’ve seen the shirts I wear in the videos. Nuff said.
So I want to try to tap into my audience. I’m looking for any artist out there who’s got really cool ideas for a Beekeeping shirt. I think I’m going to make a contest. Get artists to put forward their shirt designs and let my YouTube audience decide the top designs. Then I’ll submit the designs to my Printfection store for folks to get their cool Beek shirts. ( I chose Printfection over Cafe Press solely on quality reviews)
Any comments on this plan?
oh and the current Printfection account for the shirts is here – http://www.printfection.com/learningbeekeeping