Bee Skep Making
March 11, 2018 at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm£49
Learn to make a skep in this fun day course and get to take your completed small skep home together with the tool and enough straw to make one further skep! This repetition of the craft immediately after the course will ensure the knowledge and skill are more thoroughly embedded plus will ensure that you have enough skeps to deal with a swarm! Lunch of soup, baked potato and dessert is included.
Skeps have been used traditionally to both collect swarms and house bees and are made from threshers straw, bundled together lashed with either bramble or cane. Today skeps are still used to collect swarms and if you are choosing a more natural approach to beekeeping can still be used to house bees as long as some form of shelter from wind and rain as placed around them. The shape of the skep allows the natural Bee colony to form its true shape rather than be squashed into frames with artificial shaping.
It is also a good skill to learn for those wishing to go on to produce their own Sun Hive one of the favoured ways of housing bees for the Natural Beekeeping Trust. Links to Natural Beekeeping courses can be found on their very informative blog.