Wow...thanx to everyone who took notice of my 'interests' column, particularly the 'Bee-Keeping'.
Quite a few of you have inquired as to whether I harvest the honey and if it's for sale and is it expensive. Well to be honest the thought had never crossed my mind.
The particular strain of bees I raise are specifically bred for the ancient art of 'bee-bearding' or making a beard of bees (see the image in my scraps folder: [link]
On a good day I can usually manage 7 pounds of bees in a beard (including mustache) which comes to about 3,000 bees.
Have I been stung? Your damn right I have but that's the price I pay for my art.
In response to the request from lenbio, I'm afraid I can't consider selling any of my actual bees. I haven't the slightest idea how I would ship them and frankly you won't get far without a queen (but isn't that always the case?). Also the change in climate and the language barrier would probably cause too much of a shock to their systems.
Finally, for those who inquired about the taxidermy, please ship your deceased pets in an airtight container with dry-ice and include some sort of drawing or description as to how you would like them situated. Once I nail their little feet to the pedestal it's pretty near impossible to reposition them. And if you live in the neighborhood PLEASE do not leave them on my front porch without a note or a phone-call first.