Woodwork: DIY Native Bee Hive

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Learn how to build a native bee hive in this Woodwork class in Sydney.

Bees – both native and introduced – play an important role in our food supply, and for our entire ecosystem to function. Sadly, bee populations are at risk due to habitat loss, climate change, disease and other factors.

In this hands-on DIY Native Bee Hive course, you will be introduced to the many native bee varieties and their importance to our biodiversity, while learning the carpentry skills to build your own beehive for your garden or balcony, using reclaimed materials. (Please note: bees are not included.)

Not only will you come away with some basic carpentry skills, but you’ll also provide a home for native stingless bees in your area. They’ll help your garden to flourish through pollination and increased biodiversity.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have

  • knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • understanding of second-hand timber
  • knowledge of good woodworking practices for external use
  • knowledge of native bee varieties and their importance
  • understanding of correct marking out and how to work accurately to a plan
  • hands-on experience and guidance with drill, driver, jigsaw and handsaw
  • a beehive you can take home and the knowledge to install it correctly

Ideal for

Those with no knowledge or experience with woodwork.

Course content

  • Knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • Importance of beehives
  • Properties of timber, its external use and salvaged materials
  • Introduction to jigsaw, circular saws, drill/drivers
  • Project outline and assembly
  • Use of varies woodworking tools and equipment
  • External finish application
  • Installation method

Materials provided

  • All tools and materials are provided, however, students are welcome to bring their own tools – old and new – and learn how to use and maintain them.
  • Bees are not included

Please bring to class

Your own COVID-19 PPE kit comprising of

  • a pharmaceutical mask
  • glasses or googles
  • earmuffs or earplugs

Please note, in case you don’t have the time to buy it you can purchase a kit from the Bower for $20.

Venue

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre Workshop
107 Redfern Street, Redfern
(Entry via Turner Street (opposite of 23 Turner Street) from the rear of building)

Entrance to the Bower workshop
The entrance to the Bower workshop is via Turner Street, which is at the rear of 107 Redfern Street and is almost opposite no. 25. You should find there a hand-painted sign “The Bower Woodworks”. If you do find the door locked, please do not hesitate to press the doorbell on the left-hand side of the garage door. Please note, the doors for the venue will be open from 5:30 pm.

Transportation and Parking
Public transport would be the easiest way to get to the workshop space. The space is located very close to Redfern Train Station, a local transport hub.

The majority of the parking is 2-hour-timed (including some paid parking on Redfern St) though it clicks over to untimed at 8 pm, a good option if you can find a park there before 6 pm.
The untimed parking is available on Pitt St between Phillip and Wellington St. Turn right from Turner St and head down Pitt St two block, untimed parking is on your right.

Other Information

  • This is a hand tool course and no power tools are used
  • Please don’t wear your best clothing
  • Please don’t wear any jewellery
  • If you have long hair, please tie it back
  • Wear closed-in shoes

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Woodwork: DIY Native Bee Hive

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$175 Limited inc GST / $140 / $157.50

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