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Offline burny

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foundation in early days
« on: May 16, 2005, 06:57:15 AM »
what did they use in the earlier years of beekeeping for foundation in frames? just wondering....brookie,or burny or whoever i am.

Offline Jerrymac

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2005, 07:29:07 AM »
I would imagine that they let the bees build from scratch.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2005, 09:06:31 AM »
I don't know the full history of beekeeping devolopment. But I would imagine it went from logs and skeps, to maybe a top bar arrangement, until someone made a rolling press that could shape out the cells from pure wax. They might have even used flat pieces of wax for a time.


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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2005, 11:10:31 AM »
I assume we mean as movable comb.  Obviously in skeps and box hives the bees built whatever they wanted.

The greek top bar/basket hives had top bars with a curved bottom on them to encourage the bees to build in the center.


Huber used a piece of comb cut out and braced into the frame.


Langstroth used a beveled top bar and side bars and center bar as a comb guide.


Even after the invention of foundation many beekeepers used (and still use) starter strips of either blank sheets of wax or cut pieces of foundation.


or beveled top bars

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Offline burny

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thank you
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2005, 06:13:27 PM »
thanks for info and pictures.

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foundation presses invented in late 1800's I believe
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2005, 08:18:14 PM »
Moveable frames were invented prior to langstroth's great discovery of bee-space. And sometime after that the first foundation press was invented... by dadant I believe. I would assume that natural comb on those early frames was what occured.
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