David has been making beeskeps deep in the idyllic Cotswold
countryside since 1982. Although Beeskeps have been used for centuries to house bees or
collect swarms of bees they can also be used as a unique focal point in the garden,
conservatory or home.
The same designs and materials that are used by David have been used for
hundreds of years. Wheat straw is coiled round to create David's skeps. This material has
been used in skep making from the 16th to the 18th Century.
Shelters or 'Bee Boles' were used to protect the bees from the elements.
You can still find relics in gardens today. Sometimes the skeps would be covered with a
straw mat called a 'Hackle'.
The Beeskep Maker is an extremely rare craftsman. David is keeping alive
part of our valuable heritage which would otherwise be extinct. He exports locally and all
over the world with these unique, sustainable, quality products