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Skep Bee Hive making workshop

Saturday 510.00amFebruary


Beachside Studio

61 Marsh Road
PO31 8JQ

07768 830933

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Skep Bee Hive making workshop


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Skep Making Day Students will learn the ancient art of ‘lip work’ and begin making a skep, now an endangered craft. Skeps are most commonly made for swarms of bees to be collected within, and there is a current resurgence of skep-beekeeping.

Up to half a skep can be made in one workshop and you’ll go home with the tools, materials, know-how and skills to finish off at home.

We’ll be using a long straw and cane lapping, but Chris will show you how to split bramble and willow to make lapping too, and saturate you with bee-lore, beekeeping tales, traditions and song throughout the day.

Please bring some waterproof trousers or apron, a bucket and a pair of scissors for foraging!

Refreshments and a delicious lunch included

All materials and tools are included (and for you to take home)