"As a professional woodworker in the cabinet and moulding business, I have had the pleasure of working with my hands in the wood industry for about 30 years," says HS Green, owner of H.S. Green Construction & Cabinets in Deep Gap, NC. "In 2014 while touring a bee shop, one of my high school classmates said to me, 'If I had your equipment and knowledge I would make my own wooden ware.'"

Greene has combined his hobby of beekeeping with his profession in woodworking by developing a line of hives that appeal to beekeeper. Launching a separate business, Hidden Happiness Bee Farm, in western Wilkes County, NC, Green also won an award for developing a new product, his patent-pending “wind lock,” which secures the telescopic top of honeybee hives into the hand lifts on wooden ware hive bodies or supers, as beekeepers call them.

Prices range up to $325 for a cedar Chalet style hive; to $270 for a select Eastern white pine with rabbeted joints hive with insulated A-roof.

"Bees have fascinated me from a very young age," says Green. "I recall going to my uncle's house to watch the bees during the honey flow and being able to get that new quart of combed honey each year."

In his twenties, his uncle gave him his first hive of bees, and after attending local bee club workshop, he began to seriously pursue the beekeeping.


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