Article by Corwin Bell


Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Melle K., Amsterdam, The Netherlands) 
The Cathedral Hive in Amsterdam!

Melle was one of the first people to send us pictures of his finished hive.
Check out more customer Cathedral Hive builds and some really good
creative looks and alternative ideas for making some custom components to their
hives.

Cathedral Hive Stand Base
(Photo credit: Bob T, Denver, Colorado) 
The Cathedral Hive with a great stand idea!


Cathedral Hive Stand and Base to hold Hive
(Photo credit: Bob T, Denver, Colorado) 
The Cathedral Hive stand that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the hive!


Cathedral Hive Stand and Bast to support weight of the hive
(Photo credit: Bob T, Denver, Colorado) 
The Cathedral Hive stand another closeup detail





Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Melle K., Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
 
The Cathedral Hive in Amsterdam showing the liner for the living roof

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Melle K., Amsterdam, The Netherlands) 
Melle came up with a great alternative for the drain on the Living Roof tray

Cathedral Hive Customers Built Italy
(Photo credit: Alessandro., Italy)
Alessandro from Italy pulled a Cathedral Hive comb. The top is capped pollen, the middle orange cells are pollen and then the bottom
is brood and empty cells.

Cathedral Hive Customers Built Italy
(Photo credit: Alessandro., Italy)

Alessandro pulling a huge Cathedral Hive comb! The brood and honey proportions looks great!


Cathedral Hive Living Roof Italy
(Photo credit: Alessandro., Italy)
Alessandro's Cathedral Hive Living Roof, looks beautiful!


Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Roger B., North Carolina)
Roger in North Carolina painted the etched front to really give it some great depth. Looks great, we love it!

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Roger B., North Carolina)
The 'after' picture. Roger's bees in August!

 

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Roger B., North Carolina) 

Roger installed a package of bees in early April and will be sending us some followup pictures soon.



Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Alessandro P., Italy) 

Alessandro from Italy pulling a drawn-out comb from his Cathedral Hive!! He installed the bees early this spring and they are
already churning out combs! This is so rewarding to see Cathedral Hives all over the world populated with bees!

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Judy H. Longmont, CO)

Freshly installed bees in the Cathedral Hive, looking in from the back.

Cathedral Hive Customers Built Window
(Photo credit: North Carolina)T
The Cathedral Hive built with an extra large window, nice view!

Cathedral Hive Pulled Comb
(Photo credit: North Carolina)T
The Cathedral Hive in North Carolina, another great looking comb!

 Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Valerie B., France) 

Valerie's Cathedral Hive in a beautiful setting in France! What a great setting for the bees to flourish. 

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Valerie B., France) 
Very well made top bars for the Cathedral Hive by Valerie in France.



Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Garry B, Denver) 
Very well made hive, the Front Hive (Blank) Board is not shown

Some Alternative Ideas


Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Roger B., North Carolina) 
Corwin,
Roger in North Carolina put two folding handles on the hive top at shoulders width apart.  This makes it more sure handed when
handling the top. Great idea, we love it.

 Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Roger B., North Carolina)

A great idea to add handles to lift the Upper Section of the hive

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: John L. Colorado)
 

Another great idea, the Cathedral 'Camo' Hive. Just in case you don't want your nosy neighbors peering
at your new 'pollinator box' :-)

John drilled 3 holes for the top vent instead of routing out a slot. Good idea!

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: John L. Colorado)

No one's finding this camouflage hive tucked into the folage in his backyard!

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Jeff E. Nebraska) 
The Cathedral Hive....no wait it's a 'Bee Barn'! We LOVE this creative take on the Cathedral Hive!

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Jeff E. Nebraska)

Another look at the Cathedral Hive Bee Barn. Let's hope the chickens don't get confused :-)

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Jeff E. Nebraska)
 

Jeff drilled 3 holes in his Upper Section of the hive

 

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Joe C., Canada)
 

Joe came up with an alternative Upper Section that incorporates a roof into the design.

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Joe C., Canada)
 



 

 

Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Joe C., Canada)
 



Cathedral Hive Customers Built
(Photo credit: Joe C., Canada)
 

The ventilation is still incorporated

 

Cathedral Hive Customers Built entrance
(Photo credit: Valerie B., France) 
Valerie in France made her landing board by extending the length of the bottom of the hive.

 Cathedral Hive Customers Built glass falseback
(Photo credit: Valerie B., France) 
Valerie from France - the glass falseback. If using a glass falseback you will want to put a Back Hive Board
behind the glass falseback to cut down on the light let into the hive. Also in the winter time you want to take out the glass falseback
completely and replace it with a Back Hive Board that is made of solid wood to aid in keeping the hive warm in the winter time.

Alternative Hive Stand for the Cathedral Hive Customers Built entrance
(Photo credit: Ned S., Denver, CO) 
An alternative hive stand for the Cathedral Hive

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More links to the Cathedral Hive

The Cathedral Hive - Buy Fully Assembled
The Cathedral Hive - Buy The Cathedral Hive Un-assembled
The Cathedral Hive - Buy Hive Plans
The Cathedral Hive - Buy Cathedral Bars

The Cathedral Hive - Building Tips for - The Plans
The Cathedral Hive - Building Tips for - The Cathedral Hive Un-assembled

The Cathedral Hive - The Gallery
The Cathedral Hive - The Design

The Cathedral Hive - Installing Bees into

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