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Removing honeycomb from the super

It’s too easy to pun on honey. But making honey is quite a labor-intensive endeavor—mostly for the bees, but also for the humans who extract it.

On Wednesday, a group of students led by Sarah Khasawinah hosted a honey extraction party, in two parts. First, the beekeepers calmed the bees with smoke and tapped them out of their “super” (the box where the honeybees make surplus honey). Then they took the super to a studio at the Maryland Institute College of Art and extracted the honey from the honeycombs; to do this they used a hot knife to remove wax cappings from the honeycombs and a centrifuge to spin the honey out of the combs. Read More >