|Our Walter Kelly Cappings Melter|
|A portion of this years beeswax production|
The other day we had a minor accident with the cappings melter. We underestimated the amount of wax we had put into the cappings melter for the second melt and the five gallon bucket overflowed onto the concrete floor of the shop. That is really no big deal as we can simply scrape the wax off the floor and melt it again. What was cool was this long thin blade of beeswax that formed as the wax ran over the side of the bucket. I once saw a similar ribbon formation in the Sonora Caverns in Texas. The cave formation took a very long time to develop while this happened in a matter of 20 minutes.
|A wide ribbon of beeswax that formed from an overflow|
|The photo doesn't do this justice.|
I have to admit that I really do enjoy playing with the beeswax. I like making candles and pouring the beeswax into molds. That is one of the main reasons I do the candle classes. They really don't add much revenue to the store but I enjoy teaching the classes. Its hard to beat beeswax candles and honey as Christmas gifts. To plagiarize Jonathan Swift, it is the gift of "sweetness and light".