Honey and Pens

If interested, contact me via email, phone, text or through the message section of the order page

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.

Handmade pens

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 available.

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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.

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Pen turning

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.