Eddie McKenzie, a sort of retired commercial beekeeper in my area. Raises bees sustainably.
Got to be Randy Oliver, I have sat in on some of his presentations,
I also read alot of his discussions on Bee-L
My Grandfather, He started bee keeping around the end of WW2 in Scandinavia/Baltic coast, starting with a Warre like TB hive and eventually adding frames then going to Langstroth like hive in the late 70's. It wasn't his primary income, he was a fisherman till he retired in the 80's, but always had bees and now while he turns 91 next week he still has a hive, just for fun now. What more could you aim for?
i haven't found the 'one', but i am thankful for the wisdom shared by several of those already mentioned here.
i especially follow the advice of 'let the bees teach you.....'.
After a year back with the bees, and looking for a direction, I am settling in on 5 over 5 nucs modeled by Michael Palmer. My one year goal is to have 150-200 going into next winter.
Mel Disselkoen is also a role model. I've used his OTS notching technique with good results. Fast, easy, and even an old blind guy can do it!
Definately my grandfather and uncle. I have long admired any work Randy Oliver does as well.
My beekeeping mentor is odfrank, Father Frank the-humble-beekeeper, Grumpy, Olly. He has not thrown me out of his yard yet. Randy Oliver is good also.
Beesource!!I knew almost nothing about beekeeping and I've learned most of what I know on this site.Thanks Barry for a great websight for people who don't have mentors.
Tom Seeley; Michael Bush
Sorry not really a book beekeeper. I send most my time in the hives, and get a little time to read on here from time to time. Gotten good at honey producing, and maybe one day I will relearn keeping bees.:scratch:
I got the honeybee bug from spending summers with my Grandfather. His Grandfather kept bees too. More recently, I've gotten a lot of great advice from people on this forum and others. I'm really excited to try more of Mike Palmer's ideas around nuc management, and to mix in some of my own ideas along the way. If I figure out anything good, then I'll be happy to bring it back to this forum to share it.