LCBA's 2015 workshops got off to a great start yesterday as 18 new beekeepers assembled hive boxes, frames, inner & telescoping covers with help from 8 mentors. Thanks to Bob & Sharon Harris for once again opening their barn / shop at Rose of Sharon Farm, & thanks to Mentorship Coordinator Kent Yates & mentors Bob Harris, Peter Glover, Mike Helms, Dan Maughan, Norm Switzler, Tomme Trikosko, & Susanne Weil. It was a great day of fun & fellowship as well as learning. Scroll on down for photos!
Busy hive box assembly stations at LCBA's March 21 workshop. Above, left to right, Jason, Brian, Melissa, Mike, Norm, Doug, & Maria (foreground); below, Jeff, Kent, Sarah, Harvey, & Phil:
Below, Steve & Doug fitting dovetails together:
Below, Maria & Jason fitting a medium super together:
Below, LCBA President Norm Switzler offers some tips on construction:
Jason & Maria look like they're having a good time!
Below, LCBA Community Outreach Coordinator Dan Maughan wielding a staple gun as he & Steve assemble a box:
Below, clamps are useful as the glue sets:
Below, new beekeeper Phil working on one of his deep boxes:
Next up: frames for hive boxes get fitted, glued, & stapled or nailed. Below, Melanie, Phil, & Lonnie at work:
Below, using a jig makes the frame-fitting go faster:Below, Phil & Lonnie consult on a frame:
Below, Dan & John look on as Christena applies glue to frame pieces:
Below, Robin, Melanie, & Olivia working on frames: Below, beneath the broad-brimmed hat is host Bob Harris, here working with Lonnie on frames:
Below, some finished products:
A good time was had by all! Looking forward to our next workshop - April 11, spring hive inspections, weather permitting!
Above, new beekeepers Leslie & Brian measure a newly assembled box to be sure it's square as LCBA Mentorship Coordinator looks on; below, Sarah & Harvey working on boxes with an assist from Kent:
Below, Harvey squirts glue between the dovetails of a pre-cut side piece of a medium super:
Next, Sarah, Harvey, & Susanne fitting the medium super parts together. They're a tight fit, important to keep hives watertight:
Below, some hammering is required:
Below, Harvey helps with hammering as Sarah & Kent look on:
Below, the medium super is almost complete: the joints will be fixed in place with a staple gun, & later, primed & painted. Paint goes only on the outside of the box - not inside where the bees raise brood & store food.
Bleow, Harvey learning to use a square:
Below, Sarah works on a telescoping cover: these covers overlap the top hive box, protecting from rain while leaving options for ventilation:
Below, Doug works with mentor Mike Helms assembling a deep hive box. Some beekeepers prefer deep boxes for brood chambers & mediums just for honey supers; others like to use all mediums, as the smaller boxes are easier to lift & are interchangeable. Deeps' advantage is more brood / food storage & less frequent box addition as colonies grow.
Below, Melanie with her new-minted deep hive box:
Below, Jeff & Mary using a jig & staple gun as they work on frames for their hive boxes:
Below, a nice set of ten finished medium frames, ready for foundation (plastic or wax) to be inserted:
Below, Mike consults with Lonnie & Phil on frame assembly:
Below, Education Coordinator Tomme Trikosko consulting with Melanie at one of the frame assembly stations:
Below, there was also plenty of time for conversation with coffee, tea (&, not pictures b/c already devoured, donuts): left to right, Robin, Education Coordinator Tomme Trikosko, Lonnie, Melanie, Olivia, & Phil:
Below, Norm & Robin enjoying a "sun break": kids of all ages enjoyed wandering around Rose of Sharon Farm (not pictured, spoiled chickens & happy cows):