- Jul 4, 2004Hi, Matthew!
You might be interested in a series of articles that appeared in American Bee Journal:
Castle Beekeeping, Gene Kritsky, ABJ Volume 143, No. 1, January 2003, pp. 26-28
Bee Niches and Bee Houses, Gene Kritsky, ABJ Volume 143, No. 2, February 2003, pp. 124-126
Edmund Southerne and the Right Use and Ordering of Bees: Sixteenth Century Beekeeping Revisited, Gene Kritsky, ABJ Volume 143, No. 3, March 2003, pp. 227-229
These articles all deal with early English beekeeping, and have good listings of additional literature that you could review.
Before you actually try using any of the antique beekeeping techniques, you might want to check your state's Department of Agriculture requirements for keeping bees. Here in Illinois, I believe it is illegal to keep skeps or other non-frame type hives of bees (the hives must be able to be disassembled for examination by the state apiary inspector). Also, you must register your apiary with the state. Here are the applicable laws in Illinois:
There have been lots of books and articles written about making mead. My personal favorite is "The Compleat Meadmaker", by Ken Schramm, 2003, ISBN 0-937381-80-2, Brewers Publications, www.beertown.com, 303-447-0816.
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