Spot on NBC action news

NBC sent a camera crew over to get some footage of the dedication event and ran this spot later that day. http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/lifestyle/beehive-sculpture-in-kansas-city-has-community-buzzing

KCUR radio interview with Steve Kraske

I had the honor of being on Up to Date with Steve Kraske on KCUR (the Kansas City NPR affiliate station). Very fun! Scroll to minute 42 to listen to my segment of the podcast: http://kcurstream.umkc.edu/UTD/UTD_6-10-2011.mp3 x

Honey Queen

  Check it out! That is the Missouri State Honey Queen Lillian-Grace Misko. She heard about the dedication ceremony and asked if I wanted her to bring an observation frame. She was great. More than a couple little girls there were mesmerized by seeing a real queen.

Installation at 18Broadway

Monday June 7 marks the first installation of this sculpture series. It was 97 degrees and sunny and the bees weren’t happy waiting in my truck (I had the air conditioner running) but now they are finally settled at their new site. They have the city’s best view of the new Kauffman Performing Arts Center. […]

Out-of-town visitors

Today I had the good fortune of meeting Rich Wieske and Joan Mandell (on the right). They were honored guests at this year’s annual Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association “Funday” event in Lawrence Kansas. Rich and Joan are partners in Green Toe Gardens, which is a community-based apiary in Michigan. Today they keep around 100 hives […]

Just add bees

Now that the hive is done my friend Brad Nicholson comes over to help transfer the bees from their temporary hive to the new one. The swarm I caught has only been in there for a month but has already filled the frames I gave them as well as the rest of the empty space. […]

Inner chamber

To increase ventilation I decide to add a bottom entrance. Here I am using a router and jig to cut this from the inner wood wall. I am using wood for the interior because it will not cause as much condensation to form in the warm humid environment of the hive. Good ventilation and nice […]

Swarm

Perched by this driveway, this swarm waits while its scout bees look for a new place to live. Somewhere in the area is a robust colony of bees that outgrew their home and sent their queen and half of the colony packing. Leaving behind some queen cells ready to hatch and enough worker bees to […]

Breaking ground

On a cold and misty day we finally begin digging the hole for the substantial concrete footing required for the post. It’s getting deep! Loading up with concrete. Filling the hole. Leveling wet concrete Anchor bolts installed I can now check on the post.