Rustic Hive

Furniture catalogs may have to add a new line – Rustic Hive. If you are like most commercial beekeepers, you’ve used bee boxes for desks, boot organizers, and book shelves. When I was a child, we kept bees on the family farm, so hive furniture was vogue there, too. In fact, when the twins were born, their home-birth was a month early and my little sisters spent their first few days in a make-shift beehive crib – an empty rim with a cover nailed on the bottom. As you might guess, my siblings don’t suffer much from allergies.

Empty deep supers were my first furniture when I left home when I was a teenager. But Rustic Hive is for grownups, too. Maybe it’s hereditary – my daughter has this same great look in her farm house. That’s where I took these pictures last week. If you – beekeeper or non-beek – want in on this kitschy new trend, drop me a line and I’ll tell you how you may buy your very own Rustic Hive space organizers. (But don’t tell Martha Stewart.)

Rustic Hive Storage: In the kid’s library.

Rustic Hive Storage: In the kid’s play area.

Rustic Hive Storage: In the mud room.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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