Now in its 5th year Custom Timber Build are makers of bespoke period beehives. They specialise in reproduction period beehives, but are happy to quote to build a beehive from your own personal drawings.
Some of the beehives built for clients are the Stewarton Hive. Invented in 1819 the Stewarton possed a unique management system. Movement of bees in the hive was controlled by beech slides set between the top bars of each box. With the centre most slide left in to create a solid roof to the brood area.
The queen was inhibited from moving into the honey supers. The outer sides were withdrawn during a nectar flow forcing the bees to draw comb from the sides inwards.
The beekeepers could monitor progress through the windows on both sides. This hive is truly a show piece and is fully functional. All boxes are adjusted to give a degree of interchangeability with the modern British standard shallows. They are made to order and can be finished in your choice of colours from the Fallor & Ball historical colour range, waxed or stained. Assembled the price is £1800 delivery POA
Have a look at their website. See www.customtimberbuild.co.uk
email info@ customtimberbuild.co.uk