This is a different type of hive design that Chris turned me on to. It would be awesome to build this type of hive because it is more natural for bees to have a vertical nest, but know this, It is not designed to get you honey. It is designed to provide a tree like home so the bees can prosper.
Notice the shape of it resembles a tree that flows up counterclockwise. I am going off topic of the dodecahedron and discuss something I learned that I think correlates with this hive design. An old man I met at a bee class was telling me about “dowsing” wood for making beehives. I think he was a little bit off, but he explained that you can figure out the flowing energy of wood by “dowsing it”. Now don’t stop reading but if you were to take four pieces of wood to make a box aka a beehive, you should be able to determine which side of the wood attaches to another side to create a counterclockwise flow of energy. He explained it is a counterclockwise flow because “natural energy” (energy emitted from humans, animals, plants and especially trees……) flows up towards the opposing clockwise down flow of an air current. It’s insane if you think about it. But he kind of has a point when discussing how bees always build up when they are situated in a tree. Theory being, if you have correct counterclockwise flow of a hive, your bees will build up emitting correct energy, aka strong healthy Feng shui bees. I don’t know how to properly dowse wood to get the energy correct, but maybe someone else has an idea or where to look.
Anyone building hives in the future should take note of this as it could be beneficial for the bees if their energy is balanced. Remember, we don’t know anything about bees when it comes to them feeling energy from the earth. This world we live in is wild, and no matter how much we understand it, can surprise us every day.
This aint no slapping boards together to make a hive though. This is an extremely complex design that requires geometrical thought. Check it out and tell us what you think. Maybe chicago could be seeing a dodecahedron hive soon enough.
I was driving around at work today jamming out to some music when I decided to put on NPR. I like NPR some of the times, but usually most of it is pompous liberal crap that really doesn’t have any impact on my life especially with host’s who have names like Gian, Mal, or Albana. Anyways, I put on NPR and caught just the tail end of this interview about Marla spivak and her work with bees at the U of Minn. Boss Interview. finally someone is talking about something other than their honey crop failing. She is actually talking about beekeeping that can pertain to beginning beekeepers, Something we are trying to do in Chicago. Steer away from the Langstroth hive. Use a Top Bar or even a tree trunk, but stop buying into the langstroth myth. Please if you have the time, listen to this whole interview or just listen to a bit of it if you are seriously interested in Beekeeping. The audio file was too large to post on my blog but you can go directly to the site. It’s gonna blow your mind. Thank you NPR