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Making Stuff for Beekeepers


Hi, I’m Bob Ragsdale, a beekeeper, beekeeping instructor, and maker.

It is said that Necessity is the Mother of Invention and it is from that phrase that Manacet was born:

  • Mother > Ma
  • Necessity > nacet

Manacet’s first product is working its way through the US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO). It is a “Process and Device to Improve the Wintering of Bees” – a simple concept that has been overlooked by others. This post details the product’s development process.

The invention has evolved through multiple prototypes and has undergone two years of field trials. At this time I am working to find a manufacturing partner that will enable us to make the product available to the beekeeping public at an even more economical price (because we beekeepers are a cheap lot).

If you would like to learn more or help out, please get in touch.

The Manacet Chronicles

Winter Oxalic Acid Treatment in the Apiary

It’s mid-January and we have had quite a long cold spell so it’s the perfect time for treating for mites […]

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A Better Top-Bar Beehive Starter Strip

When I started beekeeping I started with a top-bar hive. While far less common than the traditional Langstroth box style […]

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The Obligatory "Hello world!" Post

I guess we have to start somewhere so let’s go with the the obligatory Hello world! blog post. I have had several […]

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