I want to be really clear about what I am about to say here.
I know I did not say or imply
"you old fool, you just try to prevent new ideas".
I make pottery, going on 20 years, and even though it sounds corny I am considered a Master Potter, trust me, people have been making pottery long before they were keeping bees, Or even thought they could keep bees.
I deal with processes and techniques that go back thousands of years. Back when people first got fire under their control they lined baskets with clay they got too close to the fire burned the basket leaving the fired clay there.
I can see it now, some old fool saying, that clay will never replace a good basket, I learned to make baskets from my grandfather.
But I do question the methods used, Obviously something is amiss, the mites and other problems, just think of the people who say small cell works, where did that come from? That letting the bees draw their own comb is better for the bees. It doesn't fit in with industry, what will happen to those companies that produce foundation.
Someone has questioned some "old fools and their ideas"
Iâ€™ve made all my own equipment at this time, I did it to prove I could do it and to understand why it is made the way it is. And I see where I have made mistakes and why a lot of stuff is produced they way it is.
I have plastic frames I have bought but I have read the bees donâ€™t like it, so I cut the plastic out so the bees can fill the frames themselves.
I question how and why things are done the way they are.
But I want to be clear also, I listen to what experienced beekeepers have to say, I would like to see photos of what you do finsky, and hear more about what you do, and people especially Michael Bush I have read and taken to heart.
I know this sounds defensive but my real concern is the education of people not the squashing of an idea, I have found in my teaching that the only stupid question is the unasked one. As I said up above in my original question I am not interested in debating whether it is right or wrong but the concept of does it work? Has it worked? Why doesnâ€™t it work? And that has been answered, but to imply I have said something along the lines of â€œyou old fool, you just try to prevent new ideas" is not respectful to the person who is asking the question.