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Beeswax is a valuable product to the beekeeper, and when one looks at the effort involved for the bees in secreting this wonderful substance it is truly amazing that we beekeepers benefit in quantity from so many tiny wax scales secreted by so many busy bees. Beeswax processing is something not generally dealt with well in most texts, and I will look at methods suited to small scale beekeeping. Beginning with raw wax recovery from cappings and old combs, through cleaning and refining processes, and on to value added applications like cosmetics, wax polishes, candles and foundation making. I am a practical beekeeper by nature and devise my own tools and methods of working in all aspects of beekeeping, none more so that with beeswax. Come along and I will “show and tell”.
About Ken Basterfield, NDB
Ken was first introduced to bees at 6 years old, but began beekeeping upon graduating in 1971. He increased in numbers until running 150 colonies by 1979, running these as a semi-commercial outfit in parallel with his day job.
Ken took his BBKA Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior, and Senior Practical certificates, before obtaining his National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) in 1996. During that time, he completed a wide range of beekeeping including stock selection and breeding from the best locally-adapted performers & extensive queen raising.
Ken has tried out most of the management techniques on large scale trials leading to ‘best fit’ tools and techniques for his own beekeeping environment.