My introduction to beekeeping began with the traditional handing down of what was considered to be the symbol of beekeepers-a smoker. I brought that smoker into my first hive, and I listened to what the bees had to say. With that first puff of smoke, I heard a hive-wide communal hissing. The bees were telling me very clearly that they were not happy about having smoke in their hives, and I knew that using a smoker was not going to be for me. I have since discovered that smoke completely masks the pheromones that bees use to communicate, halting their ability to share information for up to a week.
Even though I had given up on the idea of using a smoker in my hive, I still wanted to be able to carry on the tradition of passing something down, beekeeper to beekeeper.
A hive tool is something that a beekeeper will always need, and I wanted to create something that wasn't just useful, but beautiful. With this in mind I created the original BackYardHive tool, but after years of working with the product I knew it needed some reinforcement to last many lifetimes. Finally, with the help of Betsy's exceptional skills, we've been able to bring this product to life and to your family for generations to come.