John, you're quite welcome! I know it helps me to see what others have done or seen, so I figure I owe it to the community to share my experiences. Perhaps we'll have an opportunity to visit each other and see each other's hives.

Shannon, I obtained the hive tool from the same company that makes our hives, Bee Thinking. You can get one of your own here: http://www.beethinking.com/ultimate-top-bar-hive-tool/

Regards,
Tom