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Celebrate the beauty of nature this Autumn with original designs and creative ideas. Make the most of your outdoor areas or, bring into your home the essence of the nature world as the nights grow longer.

NEW range of sculptural willow animals, Autumn Lanterns and other original items coming very soon.

Now demand has slowed the BEE SKEPS, orders can be made and dispatched to you within 4 weeks. Skep making Kits (materials and tools), Bee Skep making instruction booklets are all now in stock.

CUSTOM ORDERS a specialty. Ecolistic Artworks loves working alongside customers to create the unique item especially for them, including site specific. From customer's idea, to the design work ,to the making, images of progress and communication all the way!

SHIPPING out of the UK, Ecolistic Artworks will be supplying some items which can be exported worldwide very shortly.

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS Look out for the exciting workshops and classes through the year! We have site specific sculpture and seating, Willow Animal Sculpture, Hedgerow Baskets, Environmental Art and Skep Making this Autumn along with other events. Find Ecolistic Artworks on facebook for up to date details.

Medieval Bee-skep (classical British shaped straw Bee hive)

Medieval Bee-skep (classical British shaped straw Bee hive)
£60.00 1 Available
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This beautiful classic shaped skep is not just wonderful as a talking point in the home conservatory or garden. It can be used for Bee-keepers to practically house a stock of Bees.

This Straw bee-hive is hand made in the traditional medieval shape using coiled straw in a method called 'lippi' work. For centuries the art of coiling straw to create a 'Bee-Skep' or, to create baskets have been used. The 'skep's were also, used in the origins of Bee-keeping to catch swarms.

This craft has been handed to me by my father and I hope to pass on to my next generation.

For Beekeepers, Gardner's and lovers of nature everywhere. Made from British sustainable materials it is robust and can be placed inside or, outdoors.

Size shown is approx 18 inches x 18 inches (46 cm x 46 cm).

MADE TO ORDER, I can send you images of you skep being made. Other sizes available please ask. Other styles are listed in the shop. Custom orders excepted.


In years gone by Skeps were completed over the Winter in the home on long dark nights in preparation for the spring. Often a social occasion with one person prepairing the materials and the Skep maker creating the skep. It is a process that is rarely seen these days as, modern bee-hives are designed to produce stronger stocks of bees and yeld more honey.

However it is important to keep these traditional rural skills alive. They not only are part of our heritage but, teach us another way to live causing less harm to the environment and may be a provide answers to a more sustainable future.

Please note NEW SHIPPING TIME temporarily 5 - 6 weeks due to demand.

Shipping & delivery

This item will be posted to you by Eco-listic Artworks within 21 days of receiving payment.

Shipping destination Cost Additional items
United Kingdom £4.99

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