Talks, Demonstrations, Classes and Judging
- I give talks to clubs and societies on the following topics:
Skeps and skep making (and willow basketmaking)
- The history of beekeeping.
- Preparation of exhibits for honey shows
- I give demonstations of skepmaking at events
- I teach skepmaking to one day classes, but see notes below.
Please note that I do not run skepmaking classes myself.
I leave the organisation to local beekeeping associations, who ask me to come along.
I provide all the materials and do the teaching.
Unfortunately, I do not these days have the energy and stamina to teach all the classes that are proposed to me. There's quite a lot of preparatory work goes into a day's class - judging a honey show is a doddle by comparison.
I shall not be accepting any more classes unless especially interesting. May is the deadline.
Events in 2014:
March 11th, Candlemaking at Enfield BKA
March 29th, skepmaking with South Chilterns BKA
April 5th, skepmaking class at Fulham Palace, London.
April 11th, talk on skeps and history of beekeeping, Gloucester BKA
May 11th, Yalding Bee Fayre, Kent. (possible class on 10th)
May 18th, another skep making class at King's Lynn.
July 11th Judge honey show at The Kent Show, Detling.
August 23rd, Skep class, Cycle Cafe, Greystoke, Cumbria
September 6th, Judge Dorset show at Dorchester
September 12th, Judge Essex BKA Show at Barleylands
October 17th, Friday, Judge Statford-on-Avon Honey Show.
And in 2015
January 16th, Talk on Honey at Newbury
No more skepmaking classes (unless especially interesting!)
In my talks it's my policy NOT to use slides and projected pictures but to try for active participation by the audience, with plenty of relevant items to look at and handle, and where possible, things to make and do.
The wax talks involve hot wax and use of electricity. The audience do not get to handle these.
For skepmaking classes I supply all the materials and lend the tools, with started skeps to ease the process at the beginning. A whole day is needed for completion but materials can be taken home to finish an item.
If you have a particular interest in a related unlisted topic, just ask.
When judging Honey shows I like to leave a thick trail of little notes and comments if there is time, aimed at helping people to overcome problems and improve the presentation of their honey, wax, craft and other entries.
Have a look at my notes for guidance of exhibitors, on my WIN PRIZES AT HONEY SHOWS page.