Re: People, a top bar hive?
1) I can't speak for you or what triggers your interests. Who knows what compelled you to go into beekeeping except you? I do know that I have had many enlightening and interesting conversations with people who have gotten into beekeeping for a tremendous number of reasons, each as individual as the people who expressed those interests. what motivated you is different than what motivates others. same goes for all of us. that's why we're called individuals. we all have our own minds.
2) Top bar hives, especially horizontal top bar hives, you are able to pull up only one comb at a time, keeping the erst of the hive essentially closed. this presents a smaller number of bees to the group, which can be much less intimidating than to have the larger volume of bees flying after taking the top off of 8 to 10 frames in a lang. It is reported by many tbh keepers as less intrusive to the bees. In terms of using glass observation hives, those are a different situation and work tremendously well in getting peoples attention. My reference is when having people looking at a hive in the field, so to speak.
3) Again, speaking of horizontal top bar hives, they are less intrusive than a lang. The TBH allows the beekeeper to expose only a single comb at a time versus the 8 to 10 at a time of a lang. Also, by allowing only one comb at a time to be removed, nest scent and nest heat are better helped than by exposing the entire top of the hive box as in a lang.
This isn't meant to be a "my hive is better than your hive' thing, every hive type has it's pro's and cons. some hives have pro's where other hives in the same area, have it as more of a con. it's not a total competition. just comparison.
There are many beekeepers around the world who prefer the methods and approach of beekeepers like Abbe Warre, who feel that opening hives all the time and disrupting bees 'natural' life processes causes more damage to the bees than is necessary. so said, try to find ways to work with bees and still reap benefits.
In the case of Abbe Warre, his whole premise was that beekeepers can not disrupt a colony but twice a year and make a living at collecting honey, wax, etc... Thus the 'Peoples Hive' A vertical top bar hive, was created.
There are lot's of ways that beekeeping can be done and still be successful and enjoyable.
No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.