I'm an industrial design student from Sweden, doing my diploma work on bee keeping. I've limited knowledge on the subject, but have been visiting some keepers around an area about 200 kms north of stockholm.
Basically, I'm looking for some feedback on hive design ideas. Survey on
In Sweden, the most commonly used hives are vertical EPS ones, mostly LS and smaller formats. I've become interested in horisontal hives, top bar ones and others due to the back-saving benefits ( none or little lifting). If you have experience from these, or know anyone that does, especially wintering in cold climates, please let me know!
Also, I'm interested in the general atittude towards 'natural beekeeping' in top bar hives in the US.
I'l try to answer questions about swedish beekeeping the best I can , or redirect you to someone who knows