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Bearsville Bees offers the opportunity for homemade honey

PARKERSBURG — “We don’t buy it, we build it,” said Bob Spencer. “We take pride in that.”

Bearsville Bees is located at 314 Jewell Road in Parkersburg, and is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Bob and Joy Spencer.

All of the material, and manufacturing, for the Layens and Langstroth products they produce comes from white pine planted and grown in Tyler County, processed in a saw mill located there as well, and owned by founder Don Riggs.

The business began a few years ago after Riggs retired and began to have more free time.

“I wasn’t very good at retiring,” Riggs said, “but it opened up new opportunities for me.”

He already owned land with a large section of white pines and decided to buy a saw mill.

“There was all this beautiful white pine,” Riggs said. “It was really sad to see it being destroyed by an infestation of beetles.”

He had always had a fascination with bees, and had begun to take up beekeeping as a hobby, so he decided to turn that dying forest into living homes for bees. Longtime friends Bob and Joy Spencer were brought in to run operations and Bearsville Bees began.

A CNC machine, computer numerical control, is used on location to make precision cuts into the more durable and longing lasting white pine, and allows them to do customizations. It’s then assembled by hand, by workers Lenny Garland and Dustin Estep, and can then be primed with a 100 percent natural ESP, easy surface prep, and painted.

Bearsville Bees not only provides products for the beekeeping enthusiast and hobbyist, but continues to look for new and innovative ways to make improvements. Those range from insulated hives for year round beekeeping to windows that can be used to watch the bees in action.

Bearsville Bees’ Parkersburg location is open Wednesday and Friday from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A list of available products can be viewed on the website at bearsvillebees.com and the business can be reached at 304-488-4960 and at sales@bearsvillebees.com.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at

dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com

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