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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 25 by Mark Frauenfelder

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YOUR OWN HONEY COW

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Make a simple beehive and enjoy the sweet fruits of your labor.

By Abe Connally

Beekeeping is an ancient DIY art, practiced by amateurs and makers for centuries. Anyone can produce natural honey at home by making their own hive. Here’s how to build a cheap and simple beehive called the Honey Cow.

The Honey Cow is designed to mimic nature. Unlike commercial hives, it doesn’t have frames, foundations, or excluders. Instead, it just has top bars, allowing the bees to do what they’d do in a fallen log: ...

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