August 2014

Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers Association

August Meeting 2014

Fayetteville Arkansas

11th August, 2014

 

 

 

 

Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers Association

August Meeting 2014

Fayetteville Arkansas

11th August, 2014

 

 

Club President: Tom Nichols

Vice President: Mark Eaton

Treasurer: Nancy Kahanak

Secretary: Brad Keck

 

 

BEE FACTS:  While many insects are eaten by humans as food, the honey bee is the only insect that produces human food.

 

            At the beginning of the meeting, we had 61 people in attendance.

 

2014 September Honeybee and Pollinator Support Festival September 6, 9:00AM-3:00PM

            For the past three years a beehive has been managed at The Learning Fields and serves to increase pollination and production of gardens at this site. Our purpose is to inform and educate the Arkansas River Valley community about the dire and critical need for public involvement in providing protection and habitat for honeybees and other pollinators, as efficient sanctuary for these creatures is very important to our future as well as theirs! One of every three bites of food we eat exists because of a pollinator.
September,2014 marks the third managed year of The Beehive At The Learning Fields, and will be celebrated with a free open to the public family festival event heavily geared toward the children offering lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, information, games, gifts, and treats.
            We expect to welcome guests numbering some 300 or more each day of this two day event, and wish to thank you for being a contributor and supporting partner of the Beehive At The Learning Fields Support Festival.
September 6, 9:00AM-3:00PM - 7300 Gardener Ave, Fort Smith, AR, 72913  

Horace Bryant announces that he will be selling his beekeeping equipment – he has assemble and un-assembled equipment. He can be reached at 479-756-2909 or 479-200-0382

 

 

            Paul Knutson and Ellen Leonard are treasured members of the club who share with us their vast knowledge of beeswax processing and uses.

 

The Cost of Making Honey. Costs can be high for those of us who keep bees. Beekeeping is sweet, but things can get sticky. For some, beekeeping is stickier than for others. Paul and Ellen have a humorous  tail for beekeepers, and a cautionary tale for those that believe that fortune lies in the yellow brick road of beekeeping.

 

Beeswax: Beeswax is good to you and good for you. A great source of bee product, once the honey is gone.

 

8 lbs of honey makes 1 lbs of wax.Wax is not cheap.

 

Solar wax melting Is cool. Solar wax melting is safer and cleaner choice of wax processing.

 

Boiling with water and a stocking filter. This can be dangerous, so pay attention and do not overheat.

 

Some Uses For Beeswax

 

·        Waterproof  leather. Condition and waterproof  boots, saddles, bags or other leather products by rubbing into the leather with a dry, clean cloth, working it in well along seams. Let dry, then buff to shine.

·        Making Balms.

·        A temporary filling.

·        Un-stick a drawer. A thin coat of beeswax on wooden rails makes the wood drawers on Granny's old bureau slide smoothly. It does windows, too. Use wax to lubricate sashes.

·         Condition a wood cutting board and bowls. Add a half-teaspoon beeswax to a cup of mineral oil, microwave until the wax melts, and apply the mixture to the board with a soft cloth.

·        Coat hand tools, shovels and cast iron pieces to prevent rust from forming. This includes treating wood handles to preserve and protect them from degrading.

·        Beeswax candles — the advantage to burning beeswax instead of common paraffin wax candles is that they burn cleaner and longer and have a brighter flame. Churches often burn beeswax candles because they smoke and drip much less.

·        Wax fly fishing lines so they float.

·        To reduce bow string friction.

·        Preserve a patina. Seal a copper sink by rubbing it with softened beeswax and polishing off the excess with a lint-free rag.

·        Free frozen nuts. Help loosen a rusted nut by lubricating the bolt's threads with melted wax.

·         Wax wood. For structural elements that need to look good but take no wear (such as exposed ceiling beams), heat equal parts beeswax, linseed oil, and turpentine. Apply with a burlap rag while the mixture is still warm.

·        Use as a wood finish on bare wood — apply paste with a cotton rag, working it into the grain, then buff.

·        Preserve bronze. To ward against oxidation caused by moist air, brush on a solution of pound beeswax melted in 1 quart turpentine. Buff it with a towel to create a thin, hard coat.

·        Keep zippers moving smoothly.

·        In Blacksmithing.

·        To make Dental floss.

·        To make earplugs.

·        Making bullets.

·        Saturate cardboard with beeswax and use as a fuel for a backpackers.

·        Beeswax candle as emergency heat when trapped in a car or small space.

·        To seal stick matches to stay dry when boating, fishing or skiing.

·         Whip frayed rope. Wrap a waxed length of string tightly around the rope's tip about a dozen times. Tie off the loose end and trim the excess.

·        Polish concrete counters. Give a sealed, dark concrete countertop a muted, natural luster by rubbing melted beeswax over the surface with a chamois cloth. Let it dry and then wipe.

·        Blended with pine rosin to serve as an adhesive.

·        For cracked animal hooves.

·        In the restoration of pictures.

·        To keep saws sharp.

·        Grinding and polishing of optical lenses.

·        Used in crafting of dentures and other dental equipment.

·        To seal and polish smoke fired pottery.

·        Used on snow skies for a good glide.

·        To prevent stretch marks.

·        Sewing to strengthen the thread and prevent snagging.

·        Component for mustache creams.

·        covering cheeses and preservatives to protect from spoilage.

·        Cake guitar bodies to boost longevity.

·        Coat reeds for woodwinds to get a tight fit.

·        In the embalming process.

·        As a stabilizer in the military explosive Torpex.

·        A natural Air purifier.

·        Smooth movement for doors and windows.

·        Furniture polish when mixed with linseed oil and mineral spirits in equal parts.

·        In candy like gummy bears, worms and jelly beans.

·        To make crayons.

·        Clean your clothes Iron.

 

 

Kathleen Hauck- Beeswax candles are far superior to paraffin wax candles. Candle making can be dangerous. Be sure to have some adult supervision .

Sept 6th pollinator workshop?

 

Beeswax Candles Versus Paraffin Candles

Beeswax Candles

Paraffin Candles

1. Rare and expensive. Beeswax costs about 10 times more than paraffin.

Easily available and cheap. Paraffin candles make up 95% of the world's candle production.

2. Created by the bees, 100% natural, all chemical-free. Oldest candle known to man and prized since ancient times.

An oil-based, highly refined petroleum by-product that contains up to 11 toxic compounds and chemicals such as benzene and toluene. Emit toxic diesel exhaust-like fumes.

3. Environmentally friendly and safe, non-toxic. Burn very clean with little smoke when trimmed properly as they are not oil-based.

A black sludge that is treated with 100% industrial strength bleach to change its colour to white, creating toxic dioxins. Acrolyn, a carcinogenic chemical is then added to solidify the white sludge. The end result is an extremely toxic product. By burning these candles, you produce the same toxins.

4. Smell great as they are naturally scented by the honey and floral nectar in the honeycomb; carbon-neutral.

Contain artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances which also produce toxins and stains when burned, adding to the environmental damage. Some paraffin candles contain lead wicks.

5. Have a high melting point (in fact the highest among all known waxes) which results in a significantly longer (2-5 times) burn time and drip very little, if any at all. This offsets their higher cost.

Not as efficient. Short burning and drip excessively, which means that they may not be that economical after all. Additional chemicals can be added to reduce dripping.

6. Burn stronger and brighter. Emit naturally bright light of the same light spectrum as the sun.

Produce a flame that is not as strong and brilliant. Cannot evoke the same natural ambience of warmth and style as beeswax.

7. Burn with even more beauty with age. Over time, beeswax develops a white film (especially in cooler climate), which is deemed as a very desirable feature.

Synthetic waxes do not bloom as time passes.

8. The only candle that emits negative ions to purify, cleanse, improve air quality, and invigorate the body. A natural ionizer!

Produce harmful black soot that leaves streaks of black residue and stains home interior surfaces.

9. Hypo-allergenic, benefit those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, and asthma.

Are to be avoided by those with allergies or asthma conditions.

10. Originate from a renewable fuel - beeswax.

Originate from a non-renewable resource - petroleum.

 

 

FEED THE BEES: Vitex agnus-castus, also called Vitex, Chaste Tree, or Monk's Pepper, is a native of the Mediterranean region.  Vitex is widely cultivated in warm temperate and subtropicall regions for its delicate-textured aromatic foliage and bee attracting spikes of lavender flowers in late summer.  It requires full sun or partial shade along with well-drained soil. Under ideal conditions it is hardy to USDA Zone 7. The chaste tree will reach a mature size of 8-20' tall and 5-20' wide, maturing into a vase shape. Over time it may become more sprawling, which can be remedied through pruning. This shrub can handle acidic to alkaline soils is drought resistant and pest resistant.

 

 

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