This is the fifth part in a series of short articles on skeps in the Medieval through Renaissance periods.
|Hives with Hackles|
It was necessary to regulate the temperature and moisture in a hive. It is essential to keep the hive dry. Skeps were placed on wooden platforms to keep out pests and moisture (
The hackle or coppet provided more shelter for the skep hive. (
3) The hackle is made from rushes, reeds, or long straw that was tied together to form
a tent like hat for the skep (Alston, 30). To make a hackle, tie straw together
at the neck and place it over the skep. A
gart was then placed around the hackle over the skep to keep it in place. A gart
is a hoop of metal (Alston, 30). Butler, Ch.