Scenes from LCBA's Feb 23 Hive Building Workshop: LCBA mentors and new members put together prodigious quantities of wooden-ware, and a good time was had by all!
Below, new LCBA members assembling homes for this spring's package bees:
Above, new member Terri poses with newly assembled super; below, fun with staple gun:
Below, Tim Brix demonstrates a mallet's therapeutic value:
. . . and is rewarded by seeing the box square:
Below, Pastor Bob blesses the frame parts:
Below, Norm coaches new member Rachael on applying glue in dovetails:
Below: OK, they're not bees . . . but our hosts' new piglets (Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, & [tail to camera] Bashful) are darn cute:
From pile of wooden-ware . . . .
. . . to deep hive body ready for primer & paint:
Next up: assembling frames . . .
. . . and inserting foundation:
Above, teamwork on the frame assembly line; below, debating the merits of wax v. plastic foundation. . . .
Above, LCBA President Norm Switzler coaches new members Jen and Matt on assembling an inner cover; below, our host, LCBA Past President Bob Harris, cuts an entrance for the bees in an inner cover - an upper entrance like this means an easier way for bees to enter honey super, avoiding wear and tear as they work their way up through two deep bodies:
Below, mother-daughter team Linda and Terri and their new hive boxes and frames: