Monday, June 10, 2013

Top Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder

I attended a class on Top Bar Beekeeping with Les Crowder this weekeend. It was a hands-on two-days workshop.

Les talked about building an inexpensive topbar hive and keeping bees in it for honey, beeswax, and propolis. Many different topics were touched: hive design, honeybee biology, getting bees going in the hive, comb management for expansion and swarm prevention, harvesting honey, beeswax, propolis, making divides, raising queens, getting ready for winter.

I met with many great people, respecting the nature, bees and advocating for organic non-treatment beekeeping philosophy, which I am totally in.

Les is a great guy, and very passionate for bees and environment. Such a great story teller, full of interesting stories, it's like listening an audio book that you can not give a break.

Check out this website and notice his attitude towards bees:
For the Love of Bees

Thanks to Les for this opportunity and of course signing my book.
Thanks to Julia for organizing this event.
Thanks to Susan for hosting a full class of people in her patio, home and letting us inspecting her wonderful top-bar hives.


  1. Hi Alper,
    thanks for your inspiring post. I have read Les' book and watched the DVD. I could not figure out from hive making plan waht the vertical hight inside he hive is from the inside bottom to the bottom of the top bars. Can you remember? Best regards Michael


    1. Hi Michael,
      I don't know neither. At the end, it is not standard, everybody has its own measurements. Don't worry about it, just build it...