I came across this web site while I was searching out another log hive face to be carved. I've built two log hives so far. I'm a natural bee keeper. I don't use ANY treatments in the hive and I only use bees from swarms. The log hives are mainly used for bees to live in, of course, but I don't try to get honey out. I figure they can have intervention-free shelter, some poison-free habitat, and they can give me swarms and unlimited photo opportunities.
Bee-atrice Log Hive was inhabited on June 6, 2014, by a huge wild swarm after two failed attempts on my part to give her a swarm. That wild swarm must have been Italians because it built natural comb very fast and swarmed again exactly two months later in August. I wasn't real excited to capture a swarm in August so I let it do it's thing and it ended up choosing my recently vacated other log hive. Pictures and videos posted here... http://solarbeez.com/?s=bee+Beard+is+back
Log hives are a lot of fun...a bit of work setting them up for sure, but so what...it's my passion!