Build a Kenyan Topbar Beehive out of Cob

Come join us to build a bee hive out of cob!!!!!!!

I believe this will be the first top bar beehive built out of cob in the midwest and possibly the entire USA. Wouldn't you want to be a part of natural building history? Don't let this unique opportunity pass you by.

We will be building a Kenyan Top Bar hive out of natural materials. COB - specifically. The fee is $20.00 per person. The date is set for June 7th at the North Park Village Nature Center.

The skills related to the build itself will be transferable if you were to choose to embark on a cob oven, bench, shed, or cottage. How so you ask? We will create a foundation, mix cob, build a structure, and create a roof. All four of these components are needed to build a successful lasting cob structure. That structure can be for little bees or slightly modified and scaled up to a small work shed or scaled up even further to construct a cozy cottage in the woods.

Building with cob and stone is almost meditative, before long a deeper connection with the material beneath your feet just may creep into your conscious.

Plan on arriving in time for the class to promptly start at 10am. Please bring your own lunch/snacks. 10 to 10:30 discussion -bees-

10:30 to 11am - how we will build a Kenyan Top Bar hive with cob

11 to at least 4pm will be the build - possibly longer

Please do not hesitate to share questions or comments. Thank you

Peter P.

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  • Peter

    As individuals and as a group this build was energetic and fun.

    2 · June 11, 2014

  • Karen V.

    Upload pics. I wanna see!

    June 9, 2014

  • Dana L.

    What a great day!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Karen V.

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Peter and Heather were excellent instructors. I was able to get a little experience in every aspect of the project.

    2 · June 7, 2014

  • Heather

    Attention attendees:

    Please bring the following: gloves, safety glasses, extra shoes to use for mixing cob, water bottle, any additional items for working outside such as sunscreen, large hat, sunglasses ect. If you do not want to sit on the ground please bring a folding chair.

    If you have rock/brick hammers and chisels pease contact me - we could use additional rock hammers for sure.

    I could use a large 1/2 electric drill - old would be great - please contact me. I have some slip made up but we may need a little more, the drill helps make this process easier. I have the paddle for the drill already.

    If anyone is good a taking videos for youtube, knows how to upload them, and is willing to help out please contact me.

    Also - any photographers in the group? Could use someone to take photos for the group as well.


    Peter P.

    June 4, 2014

    • Heather

      And thank you for your offer! If you get a camera that will be great!

      June 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bringing a brick hammer

      June 7, 2014

  • Heather

    Hi everyone-

    Just want to add some quick info for the workshop. We prepped the site today and we are looking forward to a fantastic time tomorrow! Please be aware that we are building this beehive in an active apiary. There are beehives very close to our site, and anyone with bee sting allergies should take this into consideration. We don't expect to be stung, and we will take measures to calm the bees, including using smoke and other precautions near their hives that we will explain tomorrow.

    All the same, please keep this in mind. See you tomorrow!

    June 6, 2014

  • Peter

    Thank you Sana, I will have a digital camera for you to use. That will be perfect. Thank you for offering to take photos!

    June 5, 2014

    • Sana S.

      Perfect :) it is my pleasure

      June 5, 2014

  • Peter

    I will also bring a few extra safety glasses. These will be handy for when we split the limestone for making the base of the hive.

    June 5, 2014

  • Heather

    Anyone finding their way to the workshop can reach me Saturday on my cell at[masked]

    June 4, 2014

  • Heather

    Sana, we are confirming basically through the RSVP's. So...if you RSVP we look forward to seeing you there! If something changes you can change your RSVP status and that will help us know what to expect in terms of numbers. Anne, sorry you can't make it! Maybe we will be able to do another one! What we are hoping is that someone will be inspired to build one in a backyard, and that can our next workshop :)

    May 8, 2014

  • Sana S.

    looks awesome! looking forward to it! How best to confirm a place?

    1 · May 3, 2014

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