Willow Skep Hive (Alveari) Making - with Bees for Development

Duration: 1 Day 9.30am-4pm

Price: £95

Run by: Nicola Bradbear
at Bees for Development

01600 714848


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About the Course

This is a new one day Course, where expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a wicker skep, and how to cover it with cloom.  During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The Course cost includes all materials needed to weave your wicker skep.  Covering your skep with cloom is optional! 
Please bring a waterproof apron and secateurs, and a bucket if you prefer to plaister your new skep at home.
Included are refreshments, lunch, and VAT.

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A very enjoyable introduction to weaving a willow skep. Sound instructions were given with a nice balance of support and experiential learning was maintained throughout the course. Would recommend to any one interested in learning about these more traditional methods.

- - #13096

I really enjoyed the day.

The pace of the day was good, plenty of coffee/biscuits, and lovely food in the Yew Tree Inn for lunch. All the participants were friendly and encouraging. Chris was very helpful and supportive, giving plenty of advice, and “nudging” my work back into shape on several occasions!

I was very pleased to leave with a skep - maybe not perfectly circular, but nonetheless a perfect home for bees, serendipitously about 40 litres in volume. We were given the option between two types of skep - given the option again, as a novice, I think I would choose to make the simpler design out of the two offered, to end up with a better quality finish. I hope to utilise the skills learned on the day in the future.

- - #12968

I attended the skep making course with my daughter and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Chris skilfully took us through the steps to the end, helping us produce 2 beautiful skeps. It was a lovely workshop with delicious food in a lovely place and good company.

- - #12941

We both thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was our first time working with willow but we found Chris was really helpful and obviously worked very hard at helping everyone. We also liked hearing about the history of skeps and bee keeping in the past. It has really opened a door for us in regards to learning more about natural bee keeping.
I would definitely recommend this course for those wishing to have hands on experience in making something from the past but which they can use for their bees today.

- - #9549

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 29th June 2019

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