Now all I need is some camel hair, a girdle of skin about my loins and some locusts…

So this post is not instructional, just an event that I thought you would appreciate.

I’ve spent the past few weeks clearing for and digging a pond here at Willow Haven – which is some exciting news for those of you scheduled for courses this summer and fall.  I’ll be taking primitive fishing skills to the next level!

With this project, we have had to clear a lot of brush and trees to make room for the pond.  I tried my best to only clear large trees that already had some issues – either previously damaged or signs of dying.  One of these was a huge Sugar Maple.  I absolutely love Sugar Maple trees.  They are one of my favorite.  This one, though, was dying.  You could see way up how it was seeping and hollow.

Long story short, though she was dying, something… or I should say 1000’s of somethings were very much alive in her hollow middle.  HONEY BEES!

Once the tree was down and moved out of the way, I came back a few days later to collect with chainsaw in hand…

I could’t wait to see what was inside!

It just kept on going…

All this work was zapping my energy levels.  I needed to refuel…

I tried, but I couldn’t eat it all myself.  So, I decided to jar some up for later.

I have a ton of honeycomb left over that I plan on using for other projects.  I’ll keep you posted.

And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;

Remember, it’s bot IF but WHEN,



  1. WOW! Great find!!! That looks so tasty!

  2. Shepherd says:

    Be sure to pull the legs off the locusts first. [They get stuck in your teeth.] The taste, I am told, is not unlike shrimp.

  3. Jordan Smith says:

    I’ve always loved fresh honeycomb, I’d get it from a neighbor who had some hives. I’ve always been timid to get the honeycomb from the hive myself, being mildly allergic, and so rejected invitations to help harvest it. How are you able to just put your hand in there and pull it out?

  4. If you leave the remainder of the honey and the wax out … other bees from the area will gather it and re-cycle it into their hives…
    If you have any friends that keep bees ask them if they want you to bring the excess over for their bees to recycle.

    To make beeswax, worker bees have to travel and get pollen and nectar to turn into energy
    A pound of beeswax represents something like 150,000 miles of bee travel. For a bee to make a lb of wax they have to consume 8 lbs of honey.

    If you want to use it … go ahead… but remember that the bees themselves will also use it to rebuild or build a new hive…

  5. Mcgee Fio says:

    Man I would love some of that beautiful honey!

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