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  Topic: Pacific Northwest Beekeepers?

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:42 pm   Subject: Pacific Northwest Beekeepers?
You're in a great place to be a top bar beekeeper. My name is Matt and I own Bee Thinking ( The Pacific Northwest has a significant number of alternative beekeepers.

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  Topic: Simple hive-building jig

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:32 am   Subject: Simple hive-building jig
Our mill uses similar jigs when assembling top bar hives. They really help!

  Topic: Mesh floor material

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:13 pm   Subject: Mesh floor material
While I don't screen my floors anymore, when I did I used 1/8 inch hardware cloth from a local hardware store. I may experiment with it again at some point.

  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:58 am   Subject: Re: thanks for sharing
Just one or two questions . what is the dimentions of the warre hive , I really want to build a warre . I have seen several plans and all looks easy to make , are they the same dimentions as a langs ...
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