For those of you who may be finding us for the first time, allow me to give a very brief history of our little company. After returning from the mission field of Honduras in 2010, God opened doors for us to begin (2012) making and selling beehives made of local eastern red cedar. Sales continued to grow, we refined the process, either located or made machines, and built a shop where it all happens. Much of the time, I (Bob) am the only one working. Kathy helps when she can as well as family from time to time. Erin is not only the mother of the two best grandsons in the world, but does a fantastic job on the web page. We have hired seasonal help in the shop which is a huge help. Special neighbors(Carl and Diane) take the cut out parts to their home and do the bulk of the assembly work.
The actual wood process is basically: pick up the rough sawn cedar from a local sawmill, stack it under roof to dry for a few months, then...
Kathy and I want to greet all of you who find us. We appreciate your interest in honeybees and are very pleased to be able to assist you with good products to give your bees a home they can thrive in.
We have received dozens of positive feedback from our clients. Many when they unpack the hives, but also many months and years later telling us how well their bees are doing in the Ozark Cedar Hives. Some of the garden settings that we have received pictures of are amazing. I need to get them in the gallery.
You’ll notice that I don’t put a lot of messages on the site, but be assured we are still very much in business. Actually last year, we spent July to Dec starting a major building project on our home here in South Missouri. As hive sales seasons begins to slow down we will be returning to the house project hoping to get it closed in by winter. Maybe we’ll get some pictures in the gallery just for fun.
We will be able to fill small urgent orders throughout...
I pray that each of you had as blessed a time as our family during the Christmas and New Year holidays. It is our favorite time of year. As many times as we have celebrated Christmas I am awestruck as I contemplate that our Redeemer would leave His heavenly kingdom, and take on humanness that we might have eternal Hopes. But this is also our favorite time of year because both of our children, spouses and children spend nearly a week with us enjoying eating, playing games and laughing.
So, the family is all gone now, so back to the shop to make lots more sawdust. I have a special friend Wayne helping me in the shop these days, so the inventory is growing a little faster this year. 2016 looks to be a good year for Ozark Cedar Hives. Each year we have increased sales.
We have made some improvements to the hives. The main one is changing to an oil base sealer. I was never fully satisfied with the previous sealer. The new sealer is not only muc...
We pray 2015 is going well for you (and your bees). Our bees have had a few days in the 60’s and even 70’s one day. It is fun to see them out buzzing around and stretching their wings.
Thank you all for making 2014 a big success for Ozark Cedar Hives. I haven’t counted, but we know that we shipped out many more hives than the year before.
The new shop edition is not quite finished but is in use. It sure helps to have everything in one place!
We did make a few Warré hives recently. Take a look at the video to see how they are made. If Warré is your preference, you need to consider this hive.
We made some different horizontal hives, but are still not settled on the design. We really want to get it right so that the bees do well and beekeepers, who cannot lift heavy boxes, have another option. So check back for updates.
We are pleased to serve you. Please let us know how we can help.
The Owen family wants to thank all our friends for a great Winter/Spring sales season. We have seen a dramatic increase in hives produced and sold. As the heaviest sale season begins to slow down, we are making plans for the coming year.
Even though we just built a new shop last year, we will have to build on. We need more room for inventory and area to dry the cedar boards we buy direct from the sawmill. Our goal is to have more completed hives in inventory by January 2015.
New Product Lines
During the off season we also will be developing Warre hives, horizontal hives, and possibly Top bar hives. We hope to have pictures and updates later in the year.
We welcome your suggestions to help us make our products better in serving you.
May God bless you and your family as you enjoy His creation and presence,