Beeswax: Production, Collection, Processing and Uses
Beeswax is a unique substance produced within the body of the honeybee. In this workshop, Ross Conrad, owner of Dancing Bee Gardens, will explore the origins of beeswax within the hive, its properties, how the bees use it, and how we can benefit from this incredibly useful substance. Various methods of collection and processing will be discussed that are especially suited for the small-scale, hobby, or part-time beekeeper. We will also touch on household and everyday use, share beeswax recipes for salves and balms, and explore the many creative uses of beeswax in art and self-expression. Instructor: Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world renowned beekeeper and promoter of apitherapy, and Charlie's son Bill. Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture - The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. Ross has been keeping bees for over 25 years and has given bee related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His human-scale beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends and neighbors with honey, beeswax and candles among other bee related products, offers 5-frame nucleus bee colonies for sale each June, and provides bees for Spring pollination services in Vermont.