Collection: Bees

This collection consists of a series of five interviews with Tom Theobald, who was the last bee inspector for Boulder County. Filmed at different times of the year in his bee yards and his Honey House, he talks about and demonstrates various aspects of beekeeping, harvesting and extracting honey, and using beeswax to create candles, in addition to talking about the history of beekeeping.

Theobald, Tom – OH1266
Interview Date: 2004

People: Tom Theobald   Places: Honey House northwest of Niwot   Topics: reclaiming propolus from “honey supers”, properties of propolus, sale to pharmaceutical company, drone bees, extracting honey from honey supers, uncapping combs, use of capping spinner, extraction of honey, … Continue reading

Theobald, Tom – OH1157
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Interview with Tom Theobald, the last Boulder County bee inspector. Topics include history of beekeeping; bee life cycles, diseases, stings, swarms, and hives; honey, popolis, and beeswax; and the Boulder County Beekeepers’ Association. ┬áThe interview is filmed on site in … Continue reading

Theobald, Tom – OH1170
Interview Date: 2003

This interview takes place in beekeeper Tom Theobald’s Honey House. He talks about how beeswax is produced in bee hives, demonstrates the process of collecting beeswax, and talks about the properties of beeswax and its commercial uses.

Theobald, Tom – OH1171
Interview Date: 2003

This interview with beekeeper Tom Theobald takes place at the Honey House on the grounds of Left Hand Valley Tree Nursery in Niwot. He discusses the use of beeswax for making dipped candles. Topics include materials used, candle dipping technique, … Continue reading

Theobald, Tom – OH1259
Interview Date: 2004

People: Tom and Barbara Theobald   Places: Bee yard northwest of Niwot   Topics: demonstration of harvesting honey from bee hives in the fall, bears in bee yard, wasps attack and kill distressed bees, bee behavior (stings, reaction to fragrances, … Continue reading