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.
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Martin Buckle as a 16C Beekeeper
Beekeeping by Pieter Breugel the Elder (1525-1569)