Our friend, writer and fellow homesteading enthusiast, Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm, recently posted on a DIY top bar hive. The materials and tools list, along with step-by-step instructions and photos can all be found when you look up the Honey Cow hive. Ths site has this to say about its product,
"The Honey Cow is designed to mimic nature as much as possible. Unlike commercial hives, it does not have frames, foundation or excluders. Instead, it just has top bars, allowing the bees to do what they would in a fallen log: build beautiful, natural combs. Because it is less intrusive to the bees, it's easier to make and manage, which makes it a perfect beginners backyard hive."
If you create the hive, "bee" sure and let us know about it — we'd love to put your DIY pictures up online, or even in the magazine!