Novel small frame format

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Jun 14, 2023
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Stumbled across this YouTube video of a fella looking at a cheapo US Langstroth hive and a new fangled 3d-printed "Hex hive".
I don't have a 3D printer and have no desire to make a rickety plastic hive. What was interesting was the arrangement of consistent-size small frames within the hex hive, around a central column.
Seems to me it could be relatively straightforward (famous last words) to make in timber.

I know bees will happily nest in most cavity formats, and the volume of each box looks a bit bigger than a 6-frame nuc, but the idea of a column, with that consistent mini frame size, does look interesting. If nothing else from a novelty/experimental POV.

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Bees won't like it !
Do you ever see a similar configuration occurring naturally with honey bees ?
It's the divergent angles of the combs that's the problem.
This image came up on my Twitter feed. Honeycomb in sort of the same configuration.

Dr. Lizzie Swarbrick, an architectural historian, I think at University of Edinburgh who is researching Rosslyn Chapel would like to know why you would make the extra effort to hollow out a space ideal for honeybees in the pinnacles of the chapel. One of the 'weird' things people have found at Rosslyn is honey oozing down the walls.


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