Newbie again after 47 years! My dad built a hive about 1970. Apparently not a standard size since I remember him cutting about 2" off the ends of the foundation wax. Post Office called when the package of bees arrived, they wanted us to come get them! Did not want to keep them overnight. Seem to recall they were a variety called Midnight.
Moved in 1972 and took the hive with us. Borrowed a veil and smoker from a relative and very disappointed their was no surplus to 'rob'. Bees died or disappeared shortly after we moved. Later gave the empty hive to the same cousin who had loaned us the veil.
Have thought of bees off and on through the years. Even lurked here (and other forums) at times. Never signed up until a few days ago. Nice to see the pictures and perhaps ask a question or two. Recently discovered a coworker is also interested in bees so we may both join the local club and attend meetings. He is not a forum junkie like I am, but have invited him here.
No illusions of making money, but do want to keep costs down and possibly offset some losses. That said - will probably start with an observation hive:-O Have seen several through the years at fairs and festivals and they are so fascinating to watch! . Also interested in alternative hive materials, but that is a much longer term goal. Oh, currently have an occupied observation bat house so no stranger to to the odd and unusual.
Realize this is long for a introduction so will end this here.