_Beekeeping mentor and Mecklenburg Beekeeping Association Vice President, Richard Flanagan, helps me assemble my first set of frames for my first hive. With Richard's help, we built enough frames for the entire hive.
_We also built two hive bodies, a hive stand, and an imrie shim. I was ecstatic with the amount of work we got done.
_Here, Richard shows me how to light the smoker. Clearly Olive didn't get the memo about the uniform requirement for the day.
_He showed me how to maintain a nice, cool smoke.
_Then we wired-up the frames. The wire gives extra support to the foundation on which the bees will build their comb.
_Here's the finished product: a frame that's been assembled, wired, and foundation installed. One down, 34 to go!
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Tom Davidson is the owner and beekeeper at T's Bees.
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