With winter winding down, we are wraping up hive box construction, frame wiring and nuc box assembly. Good way to spend the winter months. We really are itching to get on with spring though . With all the equipment we made this year, we estimate to have saved $2500, so if you are handy, do give it a try and make your own equipment each year. It is fun, and rewarding. There are many blueprints on the internet, or you can purchase books on the subject. I would like to use the money we saved to buy a nice heated bottling tank this year. While other gals like crystals and jewels, I dream of bottling tanks.