A Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program

Sponsored by:

Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association
Ohio State Beekeepers Association

Presenting Beekeepers: John Grafton & Jim Tew

Video Segments

  1. Assembling Hive Equipment
  2. Frame Assembly
  3. Branding Wooden Equipment
  4. Lighting a Smoker
  5. Spring Bee Flight
  6. Spring Management Part 1
  7. Spring Management Part 2
  8. Spring Management Part 3
  9. Spring Management Part 4
  10. Correcting a Cross-Comb Colony
  11. Refurbishing Hive Equipment
  12. Evaluating a Queen’s Performance Part 1
  13. Evaluating a Queen’s Performance Part 2
  14. Evaluating a Queen’s Performance Part 3
  15. Evaluating A Queen’s Performance Part 4
  16. Package Bees Part 1
  17. Package Bees Part 2
  18. Hiving a Swarm
  19. Hiving Three Swarms
  20. Laying Workers Part 1
  21. Laying Workers Part 2
  22. A Quick View of a Propolis Forager
  23. Water Foragers
  24. Moving Two Bee Colonies
  25. An Introduction to Wintering Biology
  26. Basic Hive Equipment
  27. Feeders Part 1
  28. Feeders Part 2
  29. Hive Supers
  30. Preparing Colonies for Winter
  31. Protective Equipment
  32. Specialty Beehive Equipment
  33. Transferring Bees Part 1
  34. Transferring Bees Part 2


PowerPoint Productions

  1. Honey Bees and Parasitic Mites
  2. Commercial Pollination
  3. The Dynamics of Pollination

Frame Assembly

John shows the procedure for putting a common wood frame together.  He shows the use of hammer and nails and he also uses a pneumatic pin driver.  Gluing all joints is a necessity.  Modern foundation “inserts” are used as a template for the bees to construct comb. 

Next Lesson: Branding Wooden Equipment


  1. Should frames be glued during assembly?
  2. Why are top bars nailed from two directions?
  3. A sheet of ________  must be installed in each frame.


  1. Steve Bond

    When installing plastic foundation there is a corner that can be broken off for bee travel, should this go to the top or bottom?

    1. Tim Arheit

      They go on the bottom, though not all beekeepers break off the piece, and some manufacturers no longer perforate the corners to make them breakable.

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