Paul Kelly (Canada), doesn't let his students wear gloves, and I rarely do either. Here in the South the nitrile gloves just fill with sweat and then drip all over the place. I tolerate a little venom therapy from time to time. I've actually made statements that I hadn't been stung in awhile. Use smoke and move slow. I work my bee's every 7 to 10 days, so just maybe we've bonded. If you spend to much time in a hive, they'll let you know it.