A year go, everyone was a buzz about the Flow Hive.
Their viral Crowd Funding Campaign shattered records and divided the Beekeeping Community.
We watched attentively as the conversations in all the Facebook groups spiraled and sorted everyone into two parties, the Anti-Flowhivers and the Pro-Flowhivers and as the dust settled and the onslaught died down, we thought we would not be using Flow Hives in our Apiary. But as the year passed, we were intrigued. We decided to reach out to people at the Flow Hive and team up with them and get all those nagging questions that divided the beekeeping community answered for ourselves and of course share what we found with you.
We will be documenting the entire process, starting from what’s in the box? and on to the next installment:
Putting It Together
This week, The Beekeeper and our new Farmhand,
Schmitty The Destoryer Schmitty, got up early and started on the task of getting the Flow Hive assembled.
They rearranged the dining table turning it into a work bench and got to spreading out the contents of the boxes.
Carefully cutting through the ties and wrappings.
All the pieces came marked and clearly labeled.
More ties and wrappings.
Assembling the body.
The finger joints on the boxes were excellent.
Some pieces required a bit of extra sanding, like around the back access door to make it smoother when removing and putting it back on.
The Instructions were clear and easy to understand.
Our son wanted to help out.
The hive came together beautifully, though I may be a bit biased as I find beehives to be beautiful things.
Next on the agenda is adding a coat of 100% tung oil to protect the wood. We have read that for Cedar that is the thing to do, though we we don’t have much experience with it as Beehives for our area are generally made of pine.
Stay tuned for the next installment where we introduce bees to the Flow Hive.
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