well, I just re-watched the videos last night. The mention of comment that "Stocks are DISPOSED of..." had no specific location with the previous posters info. So I watched several of the videos closely. The only area that talks of disposing is when they're done melting wax and filtering out the solids. The solids ( brood cocoons, etc) are disposed of. Thats the only mention that I can find where those words are used.
Omie, he uses the term 'stocks' where we might use the terms 'colony' or 'hive' but distinct from 'skep'.
These are fantastic videos, however, I would never willingly keep bees in that manner. There's a whole lot of bending over.
I'm going to post them on my website and blog. The educational benefit is incredibly valuable. Every beekeeper should watch these videos in order to understand beekeeping history and why historically wax and honey were so valuable and how modern beekeeping equipment increased productivity so much. Did you hear how much honey was produced? It seems to me to be a better producer of wax and bees than honey. It seems that it would have made much more sense to shake out poor performers and replace them with the good performers that were robbed than just to mix them all together. It's also interesting how prime swarms are sold while secondary swarms are the ones used for increase. But, their system works for them. It seems they have selected for swarms who cast secondary swarms while here it seems a bit more rare.
well after days of watching(slow hotel internet connection) i finanlly finished the videos. a great peek into Skep bee keeping... makes me glad i dont have to use skeps lol
Here is some more information I found on the smoker.
In Germany, originally for use inside bee houses, an unusual smoker rather like a large metal smoking pipe has been developed. Known as an Imker Pfeife (beekeeper's pipe). It is used with coarse tobacco stalks or herbal smoking mixture, it is blown rather than sucked. The picture was taken from the website of R. Meiers Sohne AG
Link to R.Meiers
I also googled Beekeepers Pipe but still have not come up with a source for them in the U.S.
I did find them on one or two other sites all German.
Edit to add a link to another site. I hope it shows up in english for all of you.
I've found several German sites that sell the Primus Imker Pfeife (thats the largest model) but I have not gotten a positive reply. When I've asked if they sell and ship to the USA they say that they do not "export" their products. Guess I have to keep looking.
I used the extra hour last night to view some of these flicks again. They plainly stated that many of their skeps were 100 or more years old. There is nothing wrong with that. There is also nothing wrong with keeping bees in skeps, but do look at the reality of the situation and don't romanticize something just because it was done that way back when Caesar started shaving.
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Just a little correction. The product is called Imkerpfeife. One word. In English we tend to keep things as two words, in Germany it just becomes on long word. I thought I throw this out, because it may generate more hits when searching for it.
Hello to all,
yes, these beautiful tools are called Imkerpfeife, and You can buy them on
odfrank, You can cut and paste the web address into google translator and choose for it to display in English.
Kai, That site has responded to my direct email. They do not ship to the USA and probably do not accept american funds. If you have a better source for the imkerpfeife please let us know.
Did anyone else notice the tiny amount of syrup he was feeding his skeps in those little dishes? Maybe I've been over-feeding my bees, but they would pull a knife on me if I showed up with a little kitty saucer like that....Why do you suppose it has any effect to feed so little?
Those a pretty deep dishes and the hold the same as a boardman feeder. The skep itself is only 16" tall, so they cannot use a very large feeder. Looks like they go by several times per day refilling it.
It would be similar to overwintering nucs. Michael Palmer overwinters 4 frame deep nucs in Vermont. They don't need as much honey when it is a smaller hive.
Well, the way things are going maybe the Euro will be about the same as the dollar soon! :-)