|Placed against the barn.|
|"Have you tried the honey liquor we call mead?"|
Whilst hunting the web I came across a few different types of beehives shown in contemporary sources, but mainly the woven skep type.
Georgics - KB 76 E 21 II, fol. 42v (c. 1450-1475) This Picture gave me the idea for the Stand, but there´s loads of others showing the Hives placed on top of table like structures (pic below) or in Special niches (Bee Boles) in walls.
|Taccuino Sanitatis (14th Cent)|
A 15th century Picture showing not only Skeps but also "modern" looking box like hives. Manuscrit enluminé par le Maître des Vitae Imperatorum (1410 )
I could have gone for a box type structure (as shown in the last Picture)..but why make life easy?
First off the Basic structure. A bit of clay shaped as a Skep but a bit smaller than the intended finished size.
Next the material for the covering. I tried a few different materials.
Thick sowing thread but it ended up with no visible form, the rope effect wasn´t obvious.
Strands of copperwire twisted into ropes but they sprang off.
Then, on the verge of giving up...I came up with using Baling twine (the sort made from Sisal). 3-4 strands of twine, twisted into a rope and then smeared with PVA to hold it in shape.
I tied a knot in one end of the 3-4 strands, attached that into a slit in a sheet of Card, twisted it into a rope, then tied another knot, attaching that to another slit on the other side of the sheet of Card. Then, using an old paint brush I painted thinned down PVA over the "ropes"
When the covering was complete, using the toothpick I formed a hole between the "rope"
Using Baling twine has an Advantage...it doesn´t Need painting to look realistic.
The stand is made from Card...no Explanation rquired.