If you're interested in utilizing and learning about the beeswax your hive produces, this is the book for you. From an in-depth look at the history of beeswax and its many uses to a breakdown of its physical properties - this book will tell you everything you need to know about beeswax.
The Table of Contents of this book is as follows:
- Beeswax: Natural wax vs. Synthetic wax; physical and chemical properties of beeswax; Wax secretion and comb construction
- Grading and Economics of Beeswax
- Harvesting Beeswax (collection and storage of wax cappings and refuse; Damage to beeswax in harvesting and storage and recovery methods for it)
- Commercial Preparation of Beeswax for Market (Including: Clarification; Quality, source, and bleachability; Sun and chemical bleaching; and the packaging and disposition of beeswax)
- Testing your Beeswax (Chemical and Physical tests)
- Beeswax in Comb Foundation (History of foundation manufacturing; Commercial Methods for manufacturing; Beekeeper Methods; Cell orientation; reinforced foundation; Substitutes for comb and foundation; Industry overview and trends)
- Beeswax Candles (Wicking, Religion, and Methods of Creation)
- Beeswax in Art and Industry ("The Lost Wax Process"; Batik; Encaustic Painting; Beeswax Figures; Grafting Wax; Sealing Wax; Beeswax in Cosmetics)
- Showing and Judging Beeswax (Molding wax blocks; Beeswax products; Judging beeswax and beeswax products)
- Home Products (Car, floor, and furniture polish)
By William Coggshall & Roger A. Morse.