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Falls a little short.... 1 octobre 2009
Par B. Myers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I have done a lot of reasearch on beekeeping and stumbled on to the Top Bar Hive (TBH) method. I did a little more research and decided that this type of beekeeping seemed well suited for a beginner such as myself. I had read a lot of books on traditional beekeeping methods, but there is precious little out there on TBH's. So I bought this book to help me dive in over this winter and prepare to start my own hive in the spring.

I believe that the book falls short of its intended purpose for several reasons. And I also have one or two petty gripes about the book overall and some of the content in general.

Petty gripe #1: This is the third edition of this book. Yet despite that, I stumbled across half a dozen or more typos in the text. Petty sure, but they interrupt the flow of the reading none-the-less. At best, it represents a book that has just been poorly edited. However, at the price of almost $25, which is petty gripe #3, I would have expected a more thoroughly polished text.

Petty gripe #2: The overall physical features of the book, including the size of the text. This book is a paperback, about 8.5" x 11". The text is very large and therefore easy to read. But at 111 pages, it could easily have been reduced to about 70 pages if a smaller type and even page size were used. The short nature of the book, the typos and its size remind me of the "supplements" that professors in college used to write for their courses, and which we "had" to buy for the class. Cheap and easy to make with typos and mistakes included, but sold at a premium price. I suspect that the size of the book in its current format, to make it a larger book overall, has something to do with petty gripe #3, the cost.

Petty gripe #3: The cost. This book is just under $25. A bit pricey for the paperback that it is. If it was only the 70 or so pages that it should be if it were a "reasonable" size with a smaller font, $25 would be way too much for what the book contains on about 70 or so pages. I am guessing that if you make the book bigger and longer, it starts to look and feel like it should cost $25. It shouldn't.

Ok, so what about the book overall? I am comfortable with the 3 stars that I gave it. First, the book spends a lenghty portion of its pages talking about how we should all be embracing low impact, natural beekeeping. It then spends another lengthy portion talking about the evils of modern commercial beekeeping and the chemical giants who are making chemicals that harm bees. Great, good information to know. But telling me all of that and why modern commercial beekeeping and the modern beehive are not the best solution for our troubled bees can all be accomplished in about one chapter. Instead, these mantras are repeated again and again in each chapter. A book that does that is great for a person looking to find literature to convince them that TBH's are the key to low impact and sustainable beekeeping. But if you are like me and looking for a "manual" on how to perform top bar beekeeping, that is where this book falls short.

The book does provide general information on the top bar method and gives some specific directions on how to perform some specific tasks in the keeping of the hive. But consider this, the author maintains a website ([...])where you can find most of that same information. In addition, that same webiste provides you with a free download of the authors TBH plans. In addition, other websites devoted to TBH's also contain similar information on keeping TBH's. So why pay $25 for a book that contains a lot of information that you can glean from sites devoted to the TBH method?

Last, the author is a beekeeper in the UK. Almost all of his theories and methods reference their application or connection to beekeeping in the UK. While the author does note similarities bewteen the UK and the temperate areas of the USA, he does admit that his methods and theories should be adapted to wherever you personally are keeping bees. Well I bought this book to help tell me how to keep bees in TBH's; not for the author to tell me that I need to figure out how things would work in my own area. As a new beekeeper, how do I necessarily know what is appropriate for my area? The last admission the author makes is that in order to keep a TBH, the beekeeper will need to be familiar with some general beekeeping practices and procedures. Again, I bought this book to learn how to keep TBH's. The author basically says "this is generally how I keep them, but you might have to do it differently in your area, and by the way, there are some things in beekeeping you will also have to know but you will have to learn them somewhere else." This perfectly illustrates why I only gave this text 3 stars. It purports to be a "manual" on beekeeping in TBH's. However, the information is for the most part very general and to be successful, you will need to do more reading on the subject elsewhere; on both TBH's and beekeeping methods in general. So for $25, I would have hoped for more information and less persuasive argument about low impact, sustainable beekeeping. I already support that position. In fact, I got that argument/information from the author's website for free. I didn't buy the book to hear it or to be convinced again. I bought it to learn how to keep bees in TBH's. And after being able to read the entire book in two leisurely evenings, I find that I still don't know as much as I had hoped to before I bought this book. I am not saying don't buy this book. It does in many ways help you along the path to keeping a TBH. Just consider other sources for info on TBH's and beekeeping in general in addition to this book.
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Compelling, readable 10 mai 2009
Par Bill Ross - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I am new to bees and am grateful to own this book. I bought a different book on organic beekeeping before this one and was put off as it expected one to already know everything about beekeeping using regular commercial methods, and largely just advocated over and over avoiding using pesticides. I was bored to tears. It would have probably been a great read for someone steeped in traditional beekeeping methods.

For most, beekeeping is about getting more and more honey.

This book points out the plight of the bee, lays the blame squarely at the feet of modern commercial beekeeping (and shows why), advocates "listening to the bees" and show how to keep bees in a very sustainable way - a way that helps the bees get their lives back.

The book is not in any way boring (I have a low threshold for boredom).

Kudos, 5 stars, way up.
15 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Easiest way to become a bee keeper 2 juin 2010
Par J. Segers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you have ever wondered if you could raise bees, this is the book for you. With P.J. Chandler's method there is no box to purchase, special equipment to find, or special talent to develop. In the book, Mr. Chandler explains bees and how they live in their natural setting. Next he describes a top bar bee hive that is simple to build, and easy to maintain. There are links to web sites with more information including detailed plans for hive construction. There are clear explanations of where to get the bees, how to get them into the hive, and how to control swarming so you keep as many bees as possible. With the top bar hive, there are no parts to store and no special forms to purchase each year. While I am sure there is enough information on bees to fill many volumes requiring many years of study to fully master the craft of beekeeping, this book provides enough of the basics to start a functioning hive. The hive will not produce as much honey as you could get from other hive designs, but if you want to have bees primarily to pollenate your plants and get some honey as a side product, Mr. Chandler makes it easy to do and fun to learn. I have built the hive and I am waiting for the bees. Please take note that you need the hive ready in January (In the southeast US) and order the bees in November or December for January through March delivery. Other locations will have other times. I just missed this year, So check the calendar or another bee keeper in your area before you decide to charge ahead. Overall, the book is fun to read, and well worth the price as an introduction to beekeeping even if you don't plan on constructing the top bar hive itself.

- Jerry
18 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Keep bees dirt cheap and know what you are doing. 1 septembre 2009
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This spring I found Phil's website and then bought this book and downloaded the free hive plans. This summer I started 5 hives applying what I learned from The Barefoot Beekeeper! And all is well.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Interesting ideas but no page numbers 14 mai 2010
Par Junebug - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book is a bit of a stream of consciousness, abounding with typos and not a page number to be seen--which limits the utility of the index.

There are some significant limitations with top bar hives, though I may try them in the future. How to over-winter these hives in northern climates remains a bit of a mystery to me and is one big reason this is not my first hive. Cold winters do not get much discussion in this book.
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