History of, how to make, where to buy patterns, kits, supplies to make new and
antique straw coiled bee skep baskets and Medieval wicker style bee baskets.
An article by Karl Showler on the Beedata site includes background
information on the history of beekeeping and the art of making a bee skep. The
tools, techniques and materials used in skep making are all discussed.
This beekeeper, basketmaker, lecturer, teacher and specialist in skepmaking
(especially reproductions of period pieces such as 17th century skeps) offers
this tutorial with information about old-fashioned coiled straw beehives and
instructions that describe how to make straw bee skeps yourself,
how to prepare
bramble to use as a binder and the tools
you will need.
Bee Skep Clipart
A black and white graphic clip art image of a coiled bee skep and other
beekeeper clipart from Honey.com
the website of the National Honey Board.
Bee Skep Webpage Graphics Sets
Free linkware graphics featuring a coiled country bee skep for your web site
are offered by Gone Country Graphics. A Christmas version is available as well,
Beeskeps From Origin Crafts
Coiled bee skeps and cloches for decorative use as garden ornaments and indoor
storage or decor.
Maker of Cotswold bee skeps from South Cerney, England.
of Straw Craftsmen
Information regarding bee skeps from this association in the UK.
How To Make
Your Own Coiled Bee Skep
Step by step instructions to make your own skep beehive from Martin Buckle.
This central Pennsylvania basket artist who grew up in Kentucky uses natural
materials such as black willow bark, broomsedge, white oak, hickory bark and rye
straw to create coiled and plaited baskets. Her work includes plaited rye straw
dough rising baskets, storage hampers and bee skeps in the Pennsylvania German
tradition and plaited bark baskets from the Appalachian tradition.
Association of Wheat Weavers
The National Association of Wheat Weavers is the US equivalent of the Guild of
Straw Craftsmen in the UK. They provide information on suppliers, tools and
techniques for straw art.
Reddy's Bee Skep FAQ's
Information and frequently asked questions on bee skeps gathered for the
purposes of investigating Mediaeval and Tudor beekeeping practices by Mike in
his capacity a Master Will Harper, Beekeeper to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, one of his
Basket Making Workshops at Dill's Tavern
September 17-19, 2008. The first evening, will be a presentation of the history
and uses of Pennsylvania German rye straw baskets. The lecture will include,
slides, actual examples of baskets and, the tools needed to do the work. The
next two evenings will be hands on, making a rye straw basket. Instructor:
Skeps - Their History Making and Use
by Frank Alstons available from Beedata in the UK. May at times be available
Skep Maker Photograph
Wikimedia image of artisans making a coiled rye straw bee skep. Making
traditional beehives called skeps. Photograph taken by Michael Reeve, 27 June
2004. Other Wikimedia images include
bee skep with swarm of bees,
beehives in heraldry,
bee boles and a
by Toons Brekelmans (Author), Marie-Jose Smit (Translator) book from Bee Books
New & Old published September 15, 2000, but now out of print is occasionally
available through Amazon.
Wicker Bee Skeps
This photo slide show of images shot at Coates Willows & Wetlands in Taunton
England pictures several Medieval willow style bee hives.
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