As a result of the negotiontions carried out in www.aricilik.gen.tr, Turkish beekeepers leading forum, we gathered in Mustafakemalpaşa on 29th Jan. 2012, to learn hints of queen rearing from Halil Bilen, Turkey's number one beekeeping master.
As the Karacabey squad, we were the first to come.
Later the Gönen squad joined us and we had breakfast together.
Later Cihat Çetin, a beekeeper from İvrindi, joined us.
From Left to Right: Enver Mutlu, Cihat Çetin, Ertan Gündem, Alper Gürman, Abdurahim Sarık, Mustafa Akdağ, Adnan Elçi and Halil Bilen...
Keyif çaylarımızı da içtikten sonra Mustafakemalpaşa'da kasnak imalatı yapan Akın Ustanın atelyesine gittik.
After drinkin g some more tea, we went to Crafter Akın's workshop, where wooden tambours are made by him.
Sliced timbers were juxtaposed outside the workshop to dry.
It was Sunday and Crafter Akın Kurtulan was having breakfast in a cafe nearby.
Upon drinking tea offered by Crafter Akın, we left the cafe for his workshop.
Atelye boy boy kasnaklarla dolu ve fiyatları da son derece makul.
Çok iddialı ama bence Türkiye'de bundan daha ucuz fiyata kasnak bulamazsınız. (10 kasnak sadece 1.5 TL)
The workshop is full of various tambours at reasonable prices.
It will be a very assertive claim but Turkey's cheapest tambours are made here in this workshop. (10 tambours only 1.5 TL)
Let's take a closer look at the tambour production.
Gönen'den Adnan Elçi'de merak ediyor ve makinenin başına geçiyor.
Adnan Elçi, from Gönen, wants to try tambour bending
Crafter Akın, is one of today's few and rare talented crafters.
Akın Usta'dan herkes az çok kasnak aldı.
Almost all of us bought tambours from Crafter Akın.
Daha sonra hep beraber Halil Bilen'in arılığına, Ada Bahçe'ye gittik.
Later we went to Ada Bahçe, where Halil Bilen's apiary is located.
Curious beekeepers, who are willing to rear their own queens, start examining the apiary.
Mating nucs cleaned and stacked... ready for summer 2012.
As we were discovering the environment, Şenol Zihni, a neighbouring beekeeper arrives...
Adnan Elçi, just checking one of the frames...
Her ekipman titzlikle inceleniyor... fotoğraflar çekiliyor...Every equipment is examined meticilously... photos are taken...
Foulbrood test kit, which is widely used in Europe, a very useful method, I hope it will be widely used in Turkey one day.
After chatting for sometime we prepared some syrup...
And Halil Bilen cooked cheese sweet (a famous Turkish sweet) for us.
Cihat Çetin, a beekeeper from İvrindi.
and the lunch menu was sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage). Mustafa Akdağ sliced the sucuks.
Our cooks were Halil Bilen and Mustafa Akdağ.
Yemek pişerken Ahmet Aslan Ağabeyimiz geldi.
As they were cooking the lunch, Ahmet Aslan joined us.
Beklerken aramızda sohbet etme fırsatını bulduk.
As we were waiting, we had the chance to chat.
The lunch is ready, sack it...
And the cheese sweets ...
They look wonderful...
As we were having sweets after the lunch, an other neighbouring beekeeper Mehmet Demir came.
After the lunch, examining the hives.
Halil Bilen had stuck military decorations on mating nucs with good performance.
Hints of queen rearing and working with jenter device.
Water dripper for bees.
End of the programme.... A memento photo...
Çok soğuk geçen bir günden sonra epey üşümüş bir şekilde eve dönüş...
Driving back home after such a cold day...