Amazing vintage beekeping videos.

This is a series of beekeeping videos made in 1979 about ‘skep beekeeping’ in Germany. They are really awesome and worth watching if you are interested in beekeeping. It is especially cool to see how they used to keep bees in the ‘olden days’ since I imagine a lot of this knowledge is now lost. These master beekeepers don’t use gloves, smoke the bees with a special pipe and are masters of all sorts of cool old crafts related to skep-making. Skeps are basically inverted baskets with an entrance for bees. They can be easily moved for pollinating and winter protection. They are so well-made that they can last as long as 100 years. Amazing craftsmanship is at work. The videos have a very slow pace and an English narrator with a wonderfully Monty-Python-esque quality to them. Enjoy!

Heathland Beekeeping on YouTube from the late 1970s, click below to see videos…

1 – Spring Work in a Heather Skep Apiary

2 – Preparations for the Swarming Period in a Heather Skep Apiary

3 – Work in a Heather Skep Apiary during the Prime Swarming Period

4 – Work in a Heather Skep Apiary during the Cast Swarming Period

5 – Summer Work during the Heather Blossom in a Skep Apiary

6 – Autumn Work in a Heather Skep Apiary

7 – Harvest of Heather Honey in a Skep Apiary

8 – Bees’ Wax Pressing in a Traditional Apiary

Image

Master beekeeper Georg Klindworth in the skep apiary.

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