Graham's great honey
Shortly after I got my chickens, my brother Graham (who is 3 years
older than me) decided to start beekeeping. He bought a nuc (nucleus
hive) which is a cardboard box with frames, a queen and many bees.
Over the course of 3 years, Graham has expanded to 6 hives. 2017 was
the first year that he collected honey from his hives, because we
left them to get established. The winters are hard on them, and
we've lost a few hives. Honey availability can be hit and miss, so
please send me a message through the order page.
When my grandpa came to visit over the summer of 2016, he taught
Graham and I how to make pens on the wood lathe. We bought a used
wood lathe on Kijiji and started making pens. To make them, you
use a block of wood, drill a hole though the middle, and insert a
brass tube. Once the glue holding the brass tube in has dried, you
start to turn it down. Getting the pen into shape isn't hard, but
the finishing is. We experiment with many different finishes, and
it often take hours. Once the peices of wood are finishes, we
press hardware into them. The pens are durable, and take standard
Staples refills. Please contact me by phone, email, text or
through the order page if you are interested. Acrylic options are
Graham extracting honey
Honey extraction is the process where honey is removed from
the frames. This picture shows Graham and my grandpa spinning
the honey out of the frames using the extractor. Caps are cut
off the frame, and then the frame is put in the extractor.
Over the summer of 2016, my grandpa who has been a
woodworker, teacher and electrician, taught my brother Graham
and I how to use a wood lathe. He has taught me to make bowls,
bats and pens.