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Abbé Warré's book
Beekeeping for All:

1. Printed edition

2. free e-book (PDF)

Warré Beekeeping

Contents of this page:

1) Primary resources for the vertical top-bar hive of Abbé Warré
2) Beekeepers engaged with the vertical top-bar hive of Abbé Warré or its analogues
3) Organisations promoting sustainable, bee/friendly and/or natural beekeeping

 

1) Primary resources for the vertical top-bar hive of Abbé Warré (1867-1951)

 

English language sites

The book 'Beekeeping For All' by Abbé Émile Warré :
http://warre.biobees.com/bfa.htm (on this site)

Chapters of Johannes Thür's book about the Abbé Christ hive and the principle of retention of nest scent and heat (Nestduftwärmebindung):
http://www.users.callnetuk.com/~heaf/thur.pdf

(original German at http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/bien/bienenzucht_full.pdf )

Warré beekeeping e-group:
To join, visit http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/warrebeekeeping or send an email to warrebeekeeping-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk. Founded in 2007, and having 950+ members by 2012, this is the longest existing English language internet group for Warré beekeeping.

Technical drawings of an authentic Warré hive:
http://warre.biobees.com/plans.htm

Nick Hampshire's site with Warré hive construction help for complete beginners:
http://thebeespace.net/

J. L. Christ's hive of 1783 which precedes Warré's and is almost identical in concept:
http://warre.biobees.com/christ.htm

English Warré beekeeping thread at The Top-Bar Beekeeping Forum
http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=12

Ian Rumsey's hive concept, similar to Warré's
http://www.beesource.com/bee-l/biobeefiles/ian/beekeepingpure_simple.htm

Advice for complete beginners to beekeeping:
http://warre.biobees.com/beginner.htm

Bernhard Heuvel's Sustainable Beekeeping based on Warré hives:
http://www.selbstversorgerforum.de/bienen/sustainable_beekeeping.pdf

David Heaf's 4-part article serialised in The Beekeeper's Quarterly 2008, supplemented with ethical introduction.
http://www.dheaf.plus.com/warrebeekeeping/towards_sustainable_beekeeping.pdf

Translation of pages 60-71 of the 5th edition of Warré's book regarding the frame versions of his hive:
http://warre.biobees.com/warre_5ed_60-71.pdf

A home-made honey press suitable for extracting Warré comb: http://sites.google.com/site/topbarbeehives/beekeeping/honey-press
(You may wish to put stainless steel in contact with the comb.)

E-group started March 2009 for natural beekeeping in cold climates
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/naturalbeekeepingincanada/

Warré beekeeping forum started in 2012 for those who prefer a browser-based forum format:
http://warreforum.forumotion.com/

Forum for Warré & natural beekeeping in Australia and New Zealand
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/natural-beekeeping-aunz

André Wermelinger's (Switzerland) site in English: http://www.natuerliche-bienenhaltung.ch/



Suppliers of Warré hives and/or kits

Europe:
Import-Handel-Export Alfred and Anita Thuminger, Vienna. (Delivers to the UK)
http://massivholz-tischler.at/xt/index.php?cat=c13_Warr--hive.html&XTCsid=30cc522285af6aaeca5827e507ed1ef6
      (with or without a window in each box)

Ickowicz, France
http://www.ickowicz-apiculture.com/catalogue.php
      (search 'CF895', a 3-box Warré; or 'CF887' a Warré-type top feeder)

Villa le Bosquet (Olivier Duprez) http://www.ruchebio.fr/acatalog/vente-ruche-Warre-en-kit.html

Jérôme Alphonse, France
http://
www.mielleriealphonse.com
      (improved Gatineau version; also supplies bees already installed)

Matthew Neil, France
coldgames@yahoo.com

Andreas Meisl, Germany
http://shop.oekobeute.de

Heinrich Holtermann, Germany
http://www.holtermann-shop.de/index.php/cPath/1_234/category/warré-beute.html

UK:
Robaire Beckwith (Denbighshire): http://www.beesandthings.co.uk
Paul Free (Norwich): http://www.beehappyhives.blogspot.com/ (eBay links here defunct)
Mike Hillard (Stroud): http://www.tranquilityhouses.com/lifestyle/hives/hive_info.html
David Johnson (Penzance): http://www.natural-beekeeping.co.uk/buy-a-warre-beehive/
Matt Mercy (Dorset): http://www.zorbanet.com/warre/
Matt O'Callaghan (New Forest): http://www.warrebeehive.co.uk
Martin Osborne (Wiltshire) Now only supplies timber cut to size, not complete hives.
    (Email: martinosborne_uk (at) yahoo.co.uk (substitute @ for (at)). Phone: 01380 830128.)
Elvin Roberts (Kent): http://www.majorbeehives.co.uk/userimages/procart11.htm
H. H. Thorne & Co. (Lincs etc.) http://secure.thorne.co.uk -- Warré page

USA:
Chris Harvey (Michigan): http://www.thewarrestore.com (part of Teakwood Organics)
Dale Hill (Washington State): http://farmgardenandbeyond.com/bee-hives (also makes hive lifts)
Tel Jensen (Washington State) http://www.pikkufarm.org/
Matt Reed (Oregon): http://www.beethinking.com
Bill Wood (Oregon): http://www.beeologique.com

Williams-Sonoma (nationwide): http://www.williams-sonoma.com/shop/agrarian-garden/agrarian-garden-bee-keeping/

Australia:
Tim Malfroy (NSW): http://www.naturalbeekeeping.com.au

UK supplier of nucs on top-bars

Charles Keen (Lewes, Sussex): http://webdoor.co.uk/tbh1.htm


French  sites

Jean-François Dardenne's very comprehensive Warré portal:
LINK INACTIVE IN NOVEMBER 2013 -- includes links to sites of many Warré beekeepers

Warré's book L' apiculture pour tous (12th ed.) that describes his vertical top-bar Peoples Hive:
http://www.apiculture-warre.fr/livre_warre.html

Scan/OCR of 5th edition of L'Apiculture Pour Tous fully bookmarked:
http://warre.biobees.com/warre_5th_edition.pdf (5 Mb)

Images of pages of L'Apiculture Pour Tous, 5th and 12th editions (scroll to bottom of page):

http://ruche.populaire.free.fr/

Site of Jan Michael, featuring Olivier Duprez and his Warré beekeeping courses in Normandy and Paris
http://www.ruchebio.com Rucher école Villa le Bosquet, 14510 Gonneville sur Mer, +33 (0)2 31 87 36 63

French language site for Warré beekeeping according to Jean-Marie Frèrès and Jean-Claude Guillaume in L' apiculture écologique de A à Z:
http://groups.google.fr/group/ruche-ecologique/

Gilles Denis -- supplier of Warré hives, parts, bees & Warré beekeeping manual; runs courses on the Warré hive
http://www.ruche-warre.com

Marc Gatineau's site:
http://perso.orange.fr/marc.gatineau/index.html or http://www.apiculturegatineau.fr

French language forum:
http://www.ruchewarre.net

French language Google e-group (Google membership required):
http://groups.google.com/group/la-libera-abelo?hl=fr

Jean-François Dardenne's page on the Roger Delon modification of the Warré hive (French)
http://ruche-warre.levillage.org/La Climatstable de Roger Delon.htm

Illustrations of construction of Warré hives:
http://lesruchesdebrunehaut.multiply.com/photos/album/1

Plans (in French) for the construction of the Warré hive (with frames!)
http://gentiana.chez-alice.fr/ruches/warre_layens/plans-ruches.html

Supplier of 3-box Warré hives to the Marc Gatineau design (with frames!)
http://www.ickowicz-apiculture.com

Round and square/round versions of the Warré hive
http://www.laruchecarronde.net/

List of Warré hive vendors in France (in French; correct in April 2009)
http://warre.biobees.com/warre_hive_vendors_france.pdf

Claude Bralet's extensive site on ecological, bee-friendly beeheeping including the Warré hive
http://www.la-ruche-sauvage.com/ruches/ruchecolo.php

Christophe Köppel's (Strasbourg) modified Warré hives and teaching apiary (link to 2 hour video)
http://bdpalsace.fr/tiki-view_articles.php?topic=1


German language sites

Bienenhaltung für Alle -- Émile Warré's L'Apiculture pour Tous -- in German
http://www.oekobeute.de/de/warre/bienenhaltung_fuer_alle_(emile_warre).pdf
German translation from the original French by Andreas Meisl (first published November 2010)

Bienenhaltung für Alle -- Émile Warré's L'Apiculture pour Tous -- in German
http://www.warre-bienenhaltung.de/
German translation from the original French by Mandy Fritzsche (first published December 2010).
(This version follows closely the layout of the original and is faithful to the vocabulary of the time.)

Technical drawings of a Warré hive in German:
http://selbstversorgerforum.de/bienen/bilder/Emile_Warre_Technische_Zeichnungen.pdf

Supplier of ready made Warré hives and hive parts
http://www.massivholz-tischler.at/shopv2//themes/kategorie/index.php?kategorieid=12
Import-Handel-Export Anita Thuminger, Vienna.

German offshoot of 'Friends of the Bees'; Warré and horizontal top-bar hives; nature-near beekeeping 
http://www.immenfreunde.de/. Site run by Bernhard Heuvel.

e-forum has a thread on Warré under Betriebsweisen > Ökologische Bienenhaltung:
http://www.imkerforum.de

André Wermelinger's natural beekeeping site, including Warré hives:
http://www.natuerliche-bienenhaltung.ch

 

Russian site

The first Warré site in Russian, in Estonia by Sergey (also known as burbot):
http://warre.ucoz.ru/ 

 

Romanian site

Forum http://stuparitul.3xforum.ro/; thread APICULTURA - FORUM DE APICULTURA "STUPARITUL" / ECHIPAMENTE SI UTILAJE APICOLE / stupul warre.

Turkey

Metric plans in Turkish

Forum in Turkish: http://aricilik.gen.tr

Warré thread: http://www.aricilik.gen.tr/index.php/topic,4837.0.html

 

2) Beekeepers engaged with the vertical top-bar hive of Abbé Warré (?-1951) or its analogues

Australia

Tim Malfroy (NSW): http://www.naturalbeekeeping.com.au

France

Guillaume Fontaine's Francophone Warré web portal: http://www.apiculture-warre.fr/ .

La Ruche Warré: http://ruchewarre.canalblog.com

Jérôme Alphonse, a commercial organic Warré beekeeper: http://www.mielleriealphonse.com/index.html

Gilles Denis, commercial Warré beekeeper: http://www.ruche-warre.com

Paul N: http://ruche.populaire.free.fr

René Gaillet's 'Modulor' hive: http://pagesperso.aol.fr/rgaillet/modulor/index.html?f=fs

Claude Bralet's 'La Ruche Ecologique' site: http://ruche-ecolo.com (new September 2009)

Germany

Bernhard Heuvel: http://www.selbstversorgerforum.de/bienen/bienenindex.html

Philip Denwood: http://www.mark-sy.de/index.php?bienenhaltung

Japan

Traditional 'Warré-like' beekeeping with Apis ceranae: http://warre.biobees.com/japan.htm

Russia

Vladimir: http://www.beelife.org/yenciklopedija-pchelovodstva/inventar/uli-razlichnyh-sistem/razbornye/linechnye-uli

Slovakia

Milan Bencúr, Jasenová
http://nasapravda.blogspot.com/2009/09/zrusenie-spodnych-boxov-warre.html

Spain

Steve Ham: http://www.flypiedrahita.com/blog/?p=49

Switzerland

Uli Schläpfer: http://biene.arkasana.ch

Didier Maillard: http://www.proapis.ch/warre.html

UK

David Heaf (North Wales): http://www.bee-friendly.co.uk
See also: http://www.dheaf.plus.com/warrebeekeeping/warre_experiment_heaf.htm

Johan Kok's (Derbyshire) site 'The Warré Hive':
http://www.warrehives.co.uk/

David & Melanie Johnson (Cornwall) 'The case for the Warre beehive': http://www.natural-beekeeping.co.uk/

USA

Nick Hampshire (Oregon): http://www.thebeespace.net

Larry Garrett: http://www.eccentricbeekeeper.com/hives/warrehive.html. See also: http://www.naturalbees.com

Dennis Murrell's horizontal top-bar hive site (now archived) http://www.bwrangler.com
(If this link does not work, try: http://beenatural.wordpress.com/natural-beekeeping/top-bar-hives/)

 

3) Sites promoting sustainable, bee/friendly and/or natural beekeeping

Friends of the Bees: http://www.friendsofthebees.org
-- an initiative of the Natural Beekeeping Network http://www.naturalbeekeeping.org/
German counterpart: http://www.immenfreunde.de/

The Natural Beekeeping Trust: http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org

Bees for Development: http://www.beesfordevelopment.org/

World Save the Bee Fund: http://www.save-bee.ru/index/index/lang/en/

Immenfreunde: http://www.immenfreunde.de/ (in German)

Melbourne Perm-Apiculture Group: http://www.naturalbeekeeping.org.au

John Vendy's top-bar hive site: http://www.topbarbeehive.co.uk

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