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Beekeeping is all the rage in grow-your-own circles; so much so that I’m tempted to say that bees are the new chickens (now there’s a phrase I never anticipated writing).

cedar beehive

Our very own Kelley Walters is a beginner apiarist and when I showed her this cedar beehive from I found on Etsy from seller Steidlewave she said she gasped.  This visually stunning piece is handmade from recycled cedar fencing and doesn’t come cheap at $999.  But it is so lovely that I’d be tempted to use it as a side table in my living room.

Are any of you keeping bees? Tell us in the comments!

19 Responses

  1. Glenn Sanders says:

    As bee hive it's not practical for me. The legs with the bar across the bottom prevent ant control by sitting the legs a pan with cookink oil. The top prevents ease removing the top witth your standard frame tool bar. Other than price I'll stay with my unassemble boxes just over 100.00 with frames.
    Glenn

  2. Penelope says:

    Bees haven't replaced chickens at our home but they have made a very interesting addition. Our grandchildren are fascinated and so are we. Using the TOP BAR hive and the bees take less work are healthier and more docile.

  3. dottiem says:

    beautiful use of recycled cedar pieces, But as your other comments stated, not practical for raising bees. I like Bee motif too, but due to the bears around here, hives are difficult to maintain without electric fencing. Thanks. D

  4. sherry'bees says:

    I built a Horizontal Top Bar Hive (HTBH) last winter out of cedar and added bees this spring. First time beekeeper but I'm enjoying myself immensely. As Penelope stated, using a HTBH is cheaper than conventional hives, much less work and the bees are healthier & rather docile. That said, this is a gorgeous hive although too expensive for my tastes. The bees don't care what their hive looks like as long as it works for them.

  5. We sell an alternative Cedar Beehive for $129 + S/H. Check us out at <a href="http://www.EvansCedarBeehives.com,” target=”_blank”>www.EvansCedarBeehives.com, <a href="http://www.Facebook.com/evanscedarbeehives,” target=”_blank”>www.Facebook.com/evanscedarbeehives, and at twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/evansbeehives” target=”_blank”>www.twitter.com/evansbeehives

    If you have any beekeeping questions please feel free to contact us!

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