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Author Topic: a 16th Century Beekeeper - Alive and Beekeeping  (Read 2485 times)
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« on: November 07, 2009, 08:24:42 AM »

Pieter Breugel the Elder (1525-1569) made paintings of peasants going about their lives within the landscape. Breugel's candid and descriptive style in his engraving of beekeepers allowed Martin Buckle, master skep maker and beekeeper, to re-construct their protective clothing. For the mask a willow slath from the bottom of a basket is used, whilst calico is used for the suit itself. Martin notes that Breugel's beekeepers aren't wearing gloves, and so doesn’t wear any himself, merely tucking his hands inside the arms of his suit whilst beekeeping.

PM me for link to Martin Buckle's instructions to make your own 16C bee suit.

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Martin Buckle as a 16C Beekeeper



Beekeeping by Pieter Breugel the Elder (1525-1569)
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 09:09:18 AM »

Andrew, well isn't that just ding dang cool!!!  I love this kind of stuff.  WHen looking at the picture of the dude in the suit he made, it kind of gave me the willies though.  Things scare me, no clue why some things do.  But when I looked at the picture, the head of that man in that weird veil just kind of freaked me out -- I think he looked like some kind of alien or something.  That veil does not look like it would be very easy to see through, but I bet the face never gets stung for surely.  Interesting stuff.  Have a most wonderful and awesome day, health,  Cindi
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009, 09:35:35 AM »

WHen looking at the picture of the dude in the suit he made, it kind of gave me the willies though.

Hi Cindi,

Just imagine if you were out in the countryside and he just popped up from behind a hedge or something.

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 10:13:50 AM »

 cheesy  shocked shocked shocked , smiling.  Cindi
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2009, 10:33:51 AM »

cheesy  shocked shocked shocked , smiling.  Cindi

I'm quite worried that the bees will fly upwards.

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 03:54:54 PM »

Loved this post! I forwarded a copy to our Art teacher, who immediately asked if his classes could make a bee suit based on the Breugel......the link you provided should help them do this! From our students, our Art teacher, and myself: thanks!! I'll post pix when they are through!
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2009, 06:53:22 AM »

Glad to be of service.

It's a great drawing isn't it?

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2009, 08:29:52 AM »

It is! and Buckle's website is fascinating.....thanks for pointing it out!
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2009, 03:05:23 PM »

This is great now my daughters have something to make me for christmas.
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