The Barefoot Beekeeper

Phil Chandler, the barefoot beekeeper.

Have you seen the barefoot beekeeper. If not, head over to Phil Chandler’s website.

He’s got a free Top Bar Hive ebook and you can download the ‘The Barefoot Beekeeper’. They’re a must read.

And if you like the electric version, Phil’s book is available in paper. For me, there’s something about the convenience and feel of paper that I enjoy.

You can find a natural beekeeping forum and related articles. They’re European in tone with a broad international participation. And there’s plenty of information and help for beginning natural beekeepers.


And if you’re interested in the Warre hive,  checkout Biobee’s Warre’ site.

I am intrigued with the concepts surrounding the Warre’ hive. I think it has the potential to become the ultimate natural comb hive.

That’s what my vertical natural comb hive is all about.Time will tell.

Remember, just bee natural.


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4 Responses

  1. Gord says:

    I can’t emphasize the value of the forum enough. It’s populated with the entire gamut of beekeepers: conventional working towards a more nature approach, pragmatists who are doing what they can, and all the way to a couple of zealots.

    My business partner and I were able to go from knowing nothing about beekeeping to deciding on a course of action and ordering our first bees after a month or so there.

    • -bW says:

      Hi Gord,

      I put the info back online because of encourage from you guys. And I’m enjoying it again! I like corresponding with you guys. It makes a big difference.

      Although, one of the major factors for starting up the old BWrangler website was to become familiar with website technology, it became a hassle. I’d rather just focus on content now.

      And using makes that possible. Although, I haven’t been able to resist messing around with stuff on my own server as well, the info should be out there as long as is around:>)


  2. Doug says:

    I have 3 Warre hives and the only thing I don’t like about them is the top bar only system, in a verticle hive. I wiped out a frame of brood and 2 of honey. And what ever you do, don’t lay them on there side when setting a box on the ground!
    I had to use one of my guitar E strings to make a garrote type tool to slice through the combs at the box seams. I don’t like that at all. You could garrote your queen. It’s the only way to lift boxes without tearing comb since they WILL build it onto the next top bars.
    I built 30 full frames to fit a Warre hive. That hive is a breeze to work and the comb is just more perfectlly built. The thing is, it is a whole lot of work to redesign the full frame with top, side and bottom bars, when 8 frame, medium depth boxes do such a nice job of over wintering, saving your back and the ability to use no foundation but still extract without breaking the comb.
    I have found the Warre to be a nice hive but, If you are a growing concern, there is no time to deal with the problems that top bars only, in a verticle hive present. As far as a back yarder with 3 or 4 hives only, it’s a gas!
    All in all, I have decided that Mr. Langstroth perfected the method.

    • -bW says:

      Hi Doug

      Reading about the different beehives, it’s easy to believe the beehive was invented for the bee’s sake. But the bees don’t care what kind of hive they have as long as it provides shelter and doesn’t get in their way.

      A beehive is an adaptation for man. So, as long as a hive suits a man’s needs and doesn’t get in the way of the bees it’s a great hive.

      Langstroth just hating cutting comb attachments and experiencing the occasional comb failures. He kept bees much like we do in top bar hives. So, I think he did pretty good for himself with the Lang hive. I’ve got ten of them and enjoy keeping bees in them.


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