I am afraid that I can't do that. I started beekeeping as age of 15. Now I am 58. I have studied biology and genetics in University
I don't have decades of experience in beekeeping behind me. I'm still very, very green. But by being here I can learn from beekeepers who do have decades of experience behind them. Some may be German, some may be American. They may have different ideas, and I like to ask what these ideas are so I can try them, learn from them and draw my own conclusions. I can see if they suit me, my situation and what I want to achive. Hopefully then I won't have to make as many silly mistakes as my teacher did.
I can understand what you mean by German's and American's having a different approach. I'm staying with some German relatives at the moment. Its interesting the little cultural differences that pop up
. I don't think you can stereotype too widely though. For example, why I ask so many questions in this forum. Finsky, you and Michael both do things differently to beekeepers in Australia, but that's not to say all Australian beekeepers do things the same. My first impression of beekeeping was completely different to it is now. The main difference is bee handling i.e. being relaxed and having relaxed bees. Now I'm getting introduced to ideas like tbh and small cell, wow. Don't think that would have happened if I wasn't involved with this forum.
But after my experience when I have changed my line of work 4 times in my civil work I may say that learning without goal is very unefficient.
In regards to learning without a goal: my goal is to be a good beekeeper, and enjoy it. When I say knowledge of bee culture, I just mean I want to kave knowledge of bees and beekeeping. If I was just to go about beekeeping without using any of the knowledge I've lerned from the guys in this forum and from the books I've read, I might as well do it wearing a blindfold I think.
I'm in the chatroom if any of you guys want to have a conversation right now. I'd like that. I'm not quite sure what you are tryin to say so I don't know if I've resonded to your post accurately. That's probably the best place for this as the subject tends to have drifted from "Foundation vs Foundationless", to "beekeeping philosophy".
Anyone else out there tried both of these methods and have some information on their experiences they would like to put forward?