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Extracting the Honey

Part of beekeeping is the processing of honey that the bees have gathered. Participation in this event was a reward for diligence in doing some history research.

The extracting took place on 20th June 2001.

The first two pictures show decapping of the comb with a serrated knife. The frame is held in an upright position by the lug being inserted into a hole which is in a wooden board laid across the stainless steel container which has electric heating elements in it's lower portion.

Sammy Myles cutting cappings from a comb with a serrated knife
Sammy Myles obviously enjoying cutting cappings from a comb with a serrated knife
Nicola O'Reilly cutting cappings from a comb with a serrated knife
This is Nicola O'Reilly wielding the knife

These two images show an alternative tool being used, this is an uncapping fork and usually has cranked tines.

Una Coleman cutting cappings from a comb using an uncapping fork
Una Coleman using an uncapping fork
Sammy Myles cutting cappings from a comb with an uncapping fork
Sammy Myles having a go with the uncapping fork

Spinning the Radial manual Extractor to throw the honey out of the cells by centrifugal force.

Sammy Myles Spinning the Radial manual Extractor
Sammy Myles again with Haley McCarron & Nicola O'Reilly looking on

There were more children present on the occasion, but these are the only pictures available owing the camera becoming faulty.

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Written... 07, 13, 15, 31 May 2002, Revised... 25 January 2003,