The Bee Hive Sign

“YOU VOLUBLE, VELVETY vehement fellows that play on your flying and musical cellos, All goldenly girdled you serenade clover, each artist in bass but a bibulous rover! You passionate, powdery pastoral bandits, Who gave you your roaming and rollicking mandates? Come out of my foxglove; come out of my roses, You bees with the plushy and plausible noses!” by Norman Rowland Gale

Bees have fascinated humankind for thousands of years, and rightfully so. We are still finding things out about these amazing little creatures with their incredibly organized communities . Each bee has a specific role to contribute – nurses, guards, grocers, construction workers, foragers, undertakers, housekeepers, royal attendants, as well as the queen herself. Able to survive the winter months, the bees cluster for warmth, and are able to maintain an internal temperature of 93 degrees F, however cold it is outside.

Beekeeping and collecting honey are practices that date back to the stone age, a fact we know from cave paintings. Bee hives have been made from many different materials and have taken on many shapes and sizes. In Malta, hives were made of baked clay. In some places in Egypt, mud hives are still in use – made from a mixture of unbaked mud, straw and dung. Long cylinders of baked clay were used in the Middle East as well as in Greece and Italy. And the well-known traditional looking beehive, called a skep, has been used across Europe for about 2000 years. These were wicker woven baskets, plastered with dung or mud. A weaver of beehives was a ‘skepper’ and this surname is still found in western countries.

The friendly looking bees and old fashioned ‘skep’ beehive on this sign were all hand sculpted and painted. The border groove and text were hand incise carved and gilded with palladium.

Carved & Palladium Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
30 " x 20 "