Hi Dee, those are bees with an attitude n a half. Yah.. I've watched many of these Top-bar vids. Think I'll stay with what I know. As a teenager back in the 1950's n 60's we had langstroths hives so it was no mystery that I'd go back to what I know n are familiar too.
Been a bit mild for several weeks with various warm wet Pacific frontal systems bringing moisture to the foothills n lowland but snow to our Cascade Mtns this year. Last year was very bad for the entire west coast Cali to our Pacific NW coast n Mtns. We hardly got a drip n temps popped up quickly. This year is mild but freezing levels low enough n moisture off Pacific to push our snow pack to near record level. No drought this Spring !
I think I mentioned I have two 10 frame set ups done n painted with the third about half done out in my small woodshop. Not building the frames because too much labor for what I'd save ! But the hives are easy ! Just bought one for an accurate pattern. The tops, inner cover, top feeder n bottom board were cheaper n much easier to buy. Boxes are so easy.
Well I have to send in my daily Wx data n weather report to NOAA now. Thanks for the note ! Damp here this morning with the next warm front.