With today's culinary shift away from refined sugars, more and more products are popping up that are sweetened naturally with honey. In that spirit, avocational beekeeping has increased in popularity. But for the timid amongst us who love the idea of bringing the apiarist spirit into our homes but without the bites, Steidlewave's Cedar Strip Beehive is an impressive, eco-friendly piece that works beautifully as side table.Canadian Woodworker James Steidle handcrafts stunning honey beehives. The pieces are made from recycled cedar fencing, which are cut thick to keep bees warm inside. From a design perspective, each Steidle piece has a one-of-a-kind character and sturdy construction that parallels the best made home furnishings.
The pieces are sold on Steidles' Etsy shop, Steidlewave. As far as their use of reclaimed material, they are the real deal. There's something immediately charming about the note at the bottom of his online page: it explains that there might be a wait for special orders since construction depends on the sometimes unpredictable availability of scrap fencing supplies.
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(Image: James Steidle for Steidlewave )