Remember the picture of the beekeeper making a traditional beehive I posted last Sunday? Quite a lot of my readers wanted to know more about how they were made, so I'm sharing some extra photo's from the demonstration we got at the Bokrijk Museum Park.
The warm beige natural colours of the pictures and the nature of the subject inspired me to do a Sepia Scenes series.
The baskets are woven from long stemmed grass or straw.
A piece of cow horn was used to make tight bundles from the straw. The bundles are sewed together with leathery strings of cord made out of bramble shoots. People did not have much in those days, but as you can see, they did manage to be pretty resourceful with the materials Mother Nature provided.
And this is how they look inside after the bees have built in their honeycombs.
Click this link to read more about beehives and their history.
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