There are fewer bee references in the Child Ballads than I expected.
For there was hot venison, and warden pies cold,
Cream clouted, with honey-combs plenty;
And the sarvitors they were, beside Little John,
Good yeomen at least four and twenty.
- Child Ballad 149: Robin Hood's Birth, Breeding, Valor and Marriage
I like the juxtaposition of venison and warden pies. Any time you serve game, you should also serve wardens (ideally, poached).
Step 1: Simple Harvest Farm
Nick's free-range flock provides the eggs my family eats every day, and we have bought ducks and geese from Kathy for sous vide confit and duck fat roast potatoes. We're lucky to be able to buy so much of our food from friends and friends-of-friends.
Step 2: Meet the Bees
The bees glue absolutely everything together with propolis, which resembles resin more than wax. You have to pry everything apart.
Step 3: Smoke
Step 4: Harvest
Step 5: Meet the Extractor
The reason you extract honey with centrifugal force rather than by smushing the comb somehow is because you want to preserve the cell structure so you can give it back to the bees. They can repair and reuse the comb, which saves them the trouble of rebuilding it from scratch. Then they have more time and energy to make honey.
The thing up and to the right of the extractor is a bowl with a high-tech filter stretched over the top. I'll explain that after a couple of steps.
Step 6: De-cap
Step 7: Extract
The flipping helps keep the comb from deforming too much.
Step 8: Filter
Stretch a filter over the rim of a bowl or Mason jar and pour the honey from the extractor into the filter. The filter fills up with beeswax scraps for you to render. (Most of the wax you'll render is from de-capping, but the filters yield lots too.)