Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 4, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
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I have been toying with the idea of doing a little hobbyest bee keeping and I have developed something of a library of references. Nearly everyone book I have has a building plans section, but none can hold a candle to this book. The Illustrations are nothing short of amazing. I wish the "Look Inside" feature showed at least one exampled of the way the plans are illustrated. They are crisp and concise. The dimensions are clear and the exploded views of the hives make assembly obvious. I just checked and the illustrations are from Felix Freudzon and he deserves his name on the cover as well for his contributions. I read a lot of woodworking magazines and books and this book has some of the finest build plan illustrations I've seen.But I don't want to belittle the author. You can tell this is a labor of love. The writing reads easily and clearly. I was drawn into it and basically read it in one sitting. There was some skimming on the plan materials but even the basic carpentry was worth reading. Also, I have never seen any Dummies author use the tips and reminder icons as much as this author. I really think he did a great job of focusing his topic and laying out a stunningly elegant book.Pros+ Amazing Plan build illustrations+ Concise focus on building hives+ Great Diversity of hive plans+ Flexible hive plans (i.e. gives 8 and 10 frame measurements)+ Bonus sections on additional related projects+ Easy and educational readCons- For what this is, I really don't see any cons. I want to be clear that this is not a complete bee keeping guide. Its focus is on constructing hives and it excels at that, but you will need to have another resource for beekeeping.
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