My neighbor bought a hive in early fall of 2018 at an estate auction, and we put it on my property in Gerald, Mo. As it turned out, someone had taken all the honey out of it, and we don't think it had a queen, so needless to say, it didn't make the winter. But, I'm into woodworking as well, and I spent part of that winter making swarm traps, and caught a swarm at our other home in St. Louis, Mo. I moved it into the now empty hive in Gerald, and they did very well, and have made it through this past winter and are looking very strong. This is also a very docile hive, so we've got high hopes.
I'm busy building my own hive components, I've joined the Missouri Beekeepers Assoc., and I've made the acquaintance of the leader of the local chapter in Sullivan, Mo. by phone. I think he's going to be my mentor as I learn more about this hobby - and that's strictly what it's going to be for me, just a hobby. Our St. Louis home is close to a great beekeeping supply shop called Isabee's, and I'm also learning a lot from them. They're also my source for any supplies that I need.
My new mentor told me about this forum, and encouraged me to check it out. I hope to learn a lot from you all, and will also contribute as much as I can to the discussions as well.