Urban Beekeeping Workshop at the Natural History Museum

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  1. Hi folks, I sent you an email a few weeks back inquiring into your interest in reviewing a beekeeping book. Did you receive that? Shall I send again? (It’s not my book but one I’m interested in – and as it’s a little pricey and I haven’t seen any reviews yet, I wondered if you might use your reviewers’ privilege to request a copy from the self-publishing author)…

    • I think sometimes hotmail mail gets junked by gmail – no worries… here’s what I sent:

      I wanted to see if you might be interested in reviewing a book about beekeeping that I recently found in my internet foraging. What interested me is that it has a section on the author’s experience creating hives out of locally sourced materials like sunflower stalks and reeds (excluding the top bar part which is usually lumber).

      The problem (for me) is that the author isn’t particularly marketing-savvy and hasn’t noticed that one can sell more copies of a competitively priced ebook than a high-priced hard-copy… As it is, it’s out of my price range for a book that hasn’t had any reviews posted outside of one or two bee forums.

      The book is called Top Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom and Pleasure Combined and it’s by Wyatt A. Mangum. Here’s the main site: http://www.tbhsbywam.com – The section on alternative hive materials is listed in the right sidebar menu under “green hives.”

      I have no idea if he offers free review copies, but I thought it would be worth a try (if, that is, you’re interested)…


    • Hey Wendy,
      I took a look at the youtube preview and it looks like that book is aimed towards the small-scale commercial beekeeper. It’s also a bit more on the interventionist side of things than I am. I’d suggest getting a copy of the Complete Idiots Guide to Beekeeping. Then, if you want to do top bar (which I have no experience with) you could probably piece together information on how to build them from online sources. There’s also Michael Bush’s website: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm. Lot’s of free information there and he also has a book that is, more or less, just taken from the website. He does some top bar beekeeping too.

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