Building the Hive
I chose a top-bar hive in part because I wanted to build my own box.
The design is simple; free plans are easy to come by; the cost is modest.
The trapezoidal cross-section makes this Kenyan style
(designed by a Canadian for a development project in Kenya).
Some designs have a rectangular cross-section instead.
The complete set of bars forms a piecewise removable roof.
The separate lid provides some weatherproofing.
Resuscitating my basic carpentry skills appealed to me as an additional motivation for building a hive,
and, naturally, the project justified a few enhancements to my limited, non-homeowner toolkit.