My bee skep designs are original. I make the skeps out of reed and use stain to preserve them. My first skeps were made in 2015 and have remained outside in the garden or on the deck through all the seasons ~ including hot humid summers and cold snowy winters. In May of 2017, I created a bee skep maintenance video for customers who purchased one of my skeps and keep it outside. This was the first time that I have restored my original skeps. I was glad to see that the construction was still in good condition and flexible, and re-staining made it look great! I hope they will last for years as I continue to do maintenance.
I've experimented with staining techniques on these two newly made bee skeps. They have dried thoroughly and have been left outside to air, and recently have been through a heavy rain. I was pleased to see how the skeps are repelling the water - beads of water sitting on the weavers!
BEE SKEP MAINTENANCE VIDEO