Garreson Publishing Presents on Beehive Construction at ESHPA Conference

by Ariele

Did you know that there is a type of wood called “cucumber”? I didn’t. It’s a wild magnolia and it”s frequently sold as yellow poplar, an altogether different tree species. A beekeeper mentioned it during Pete’s speech at the 2010 Empire State Honey Producers Association conference. Pete Sieling, founder of Garreson Publishing, talked about making beehives-what types of woods to use, different joint types, helpful tools, it was quite interesting. I learned things like: the target moisture content when drying wood is 6 – 8%, but wood used for beehives should be higher: 10-12%. I discovered that one board foot of lumber comes in many shapes and thicknesses, but it’s always 144 cubic inches.

After his talk, we went to sessions about care and processing of beeswax, led by Mike Griggs and a slide presentation of different species of bees by Peter Borst. I doodled the types of bees – squash, miner, leaf cutter, sweat, honey, mason, bumble, plasterer, and carpenter, shown above– and I learned there are bee flies that look like bees, but aren’t.

Bee fly and Syrphid Fly

ESHPA has periodic meetings for New York honey producers, and is open to anyone interested in beekeeping. They were formed to help NYS beekeepers produce and market their honey, lobby for trade protections, and connect beekeepers. The fall conference was held in November 2010, in Syracuse, NY. Garreson Publishing sells a line of beehive plans, including Beehive ConstructionNuc Hive ConstructionMaking the Eight Frame Hive, and Make a Window Mounted Observation Hive.

Drawing of a bumblebee

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One Response to Garreson Publishing Presents on Beehive Construction at ESHPA Conference

  1. Adv says:

    Nick,I just wanted to say that I rlealy like the new iPad version of the site.. Nice job!! I’m new to beekeeping and I built my own octagonal top bar hives using inspiration from your site. I’m currently waiting for my package bees so I can get started but I have learned so much about bees and beekeeping here on PTheBeeSpace and I wanted to thank you! I became aware of the plight of the honeybee a few years ago and so I began paying attention to my local situation out of concern. I became increasingly alarmed because I rarely, if ever, saw honeybees around my garden. And so I began doing more and more research about Varroa mites, Tracheal mites, brood diseases and CCD, until I finally decided that the best option was to take matters into my own hands and put in a couple of top bar hives here at my home. I decided to try the octagonal hive because it seemed more natural (in all honesty.. I was going to try to build pdodecagonal hives but felt that it was beyond my woodworking skills) and I wanted to provide the girls as natural environment as I could while still being able to monitor the hive for trouble. So now my hives are built and I await my package bees (Italian/Carniolan cross) and I feel less overwhelmed because of your site and the eloquence of your explanations and observations. For that sir, I thank you and I look forward to more from TheBeeSpace!-Lindsay

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