Skeps

I make skeps to order from either wheat or oat straw or a native Irish grass known as Purple Moor Grass or Molinia caerulea. Click here for more on Purple Moor Grass.

Click here to order a skep

Or click here for instructions how to make your own

Four Bee Skeps, small domed grass, small domed oaten straw, two swarm skeps

Four Bee Skeps, small domed grass, small domed oaten straw, two swarm skeps

All skeps are bound with rattan lapping cane (which comes in the post) or local blackberry (Rubus fruticosus). If it’s blackberry you want, I’ll have to go out there and cut it from the hedges in winter then peel it,split it, de-pith it and strop it. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy to go out and do that for you but it’s all much more time consuming and as you well know – time is money!

SmallBlackberrySkep

Traditional domed skep with split blackberry binding

Purple moor grass swarm skep

Purple moor grass swarm skep

Skeps take between 8 and 12 hours to make depending on size. Swarm skeps are traditionally 13-14″ in diameter and 10-11″ deep. This one below was a special for a window display but you could pick up a cast in it too.

Miniature grass and rattan skep suitable for casts or shop window

Miniature (5.5″x5.5″) grass and rattan skep suitable for casts or shop window displays

Prices vary depending on size and carriage costs. For further info or to order a skep click here.

For Skep History article click here. Or for instructions how make your own skep here.

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