Bee Houses

Bee Houses

Steven’s Woodshop bee houses come in two models in order to cater to human preferences: natural cedar or painted pine with bamboo. Both styles should be hung where they will receive full sun, facing southeast or south, at least a yard off the ground, with no vegetation in front to block the entrances. A small mud patch nearby is helpful, too.

Solitary bees, such as Mason bees, will lay an individual egg in each tunnel, providing it with a mixture of nectar and pollen, and then seal up the entrance with mud. The egg doesn’t take long to hatch into larva, eat the food left by its mom, and then enter the dormant pupae stage for about nine months, after which time it will emerge as an adult to begin the cycle all over again. Bees will take advantage of bee houses until August or September, depending on the species, with the new bees emerging the following spring or summer.

It is important that the bee houses stay dry, but cold, during the winter, so should be moved to an unheated but protected area, such as a shed, porch or garage, by October and remain there until March, when they can be returned to their original sunny location.    

There are hundreds of species of solitary bees, and they come in many sizes. They are harmless to humans and not aggressive; they rarely sting, but if they do, it is not as painful as the sting of a honeybee. They do not live in hives, build honeycombs, or swarm, but are essential pollinators whose numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate. By providing a safe home for new bees to begin their lifecycle, you are encouraging the continuity of the species. Thank you!

Adding New Products Each Year

At Steven's Woodshop, we are always investigating new ideas to enhance the yard and garden. Our new item for 2014 was the bee house. 

New for 2015 were "Victorian" style cedar bird houses, which sell for $20 + tax.

Additionally, well base planters are available in all three well diameters, made with the same materials and options as the wells.  Height can be custom ordered to meet customer needs.

Tables made from well bases are a great way to coordinate yard decor.  Small cedar tables are the perfect size to accompany a lawn chair and accommodate a snack.  Mid size cedar tables serve the same purpose, only with a larger surface area.  Full size octagonal picnic tables sit nicely atop an extended large well base, and easily provide plenty of room for eight to dine.  Height of tables can be adjusted to customer specifications, increasing functionality, such as for plant stands.

In 2016, Steven began making items from recycled pallets, including coffee and end tables and wall mounted book racks.  Additionally, he began manufacturing dog bowl stands, in varying heights, and a front opening bird house.

His specialty in 2017 has been to make custom ordered products, which he is happy to provide upon request when it is within his ability to do so.  He has also built several garbage can holders out of recycled pallets, which nicely disguise them for a more tidy patio appearance.  In anticipation of various holidays, he also now has an assortment of seasonal yard decorations, also made from pallets.

To view these items, as well as all our latest ideas or prototypes, visit Steven's Woodshop Facebook page or browse through the photos of All Our Products in the Galleries section of this website.



 

Bat Houses

In our second year of operation, bat houses were added as another product line. Each single chamber bat house is individually hand crafted, according to bat experts' specifications as to what works best to attract these nocturnal mosquito eaters. Bat houses are stained a dark brown or black color in order to absorb heat to keep the bats at their optimal warm temperature. Dimensions are 24 inches by 16 inches by ¾ inch, with plastic netting secured to the back interior wall for the bats to climb up and into their house. The front wall is vented; seams along the slanted roof and sides are caulked to keep rain out. Each bat house is large enough to house a colony of 30-40 bats.

Bat houses will be most successful in attracting residents when mounted a minimum of 12 feet above the ground; 15-20 feet high is even better. They need to be in a location that receives a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight a day in order to maintain a warm enough environment for their offspring. Bat houses may be mounted on a pole or building, although not one covered with aluminum siding. They are not as effective when located in trees due to being shaded by the leaves, providing easy access for predators, and presenting obstacles for swooping in and out due to branches. Single chamber houses, like this one, will work best when mounted on a building with proper sun exposure. Bats prefer to live within 1/4 mile of a water source. When situating the bat house, it is prudent to consider what is directly beneath it, as that is where their guano will land. Guano can be used as a rich fertilizer. As with bird houses, it may take a while for the bats to find it, but within a couple years they should take up residence.

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Cost: $30.00 (plus tax)

Shipping is free if delivered within a 30-mile radius of West Chester, OH.

Karate Boards

Tameshi waza boards, or pine boards cut to regulation size for karate students to break in tests to advance to the next level of proficiency, are another product of Steven's Woodshop. Students under age ten use boards that are 6"x12"; older students use boards measuring 9"x12". Additionally, Steven's Woodshop provides bricks to local Karate schools to whom boards are sold, for the more advanced students who prefer to break them instead.  As a service to our customers, we offer the option of collecting and recycling the broken boards or bricks that they have purchased from Steven's Woodshop. 


Cost:
Youth small: $1.65 per board
Full size: $2.40 per board
Bricks: $2.65 each

*discounts available for Karate Schools that buy in quantity

 

Wishing Wells


The hallmark product of Steven's Woodshop is the wishing well, of which several models and options are available.

The original large wishing well is made of pressure treated lumber and comes with a standard basket or planter. It stands 51 inches high by 31 inches in diameter. In 2013 all wells were upgraded to include a ledge around the top of the base for a more finished look. Other options include cedar shingles on the roof; a stained or painted well, with the painted having an additional option of a stenciled design on the roof.

The midsize well is made from either pine or cedar and can include a stained or painted upgrade. It stands 31 inches high by 24 inches in diameter, and includes a standard basket.

The petite table top well, ideal for collecting cards from "well-wishers" at receptions or showers, stands about 18 inches high and has a diameter of 15 ½ inches. It comes in  cedar or white PVC, which also withstands outside weather, should it be used as a planter afterward. The wood version includes the option of painting or staining for an additional fee.

  • Large well made of pressure treated wood: $250.00
  • With cedar shingles: +$25.00

  • Stained or painted: +$25.00

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  • With Stenciling: +$25.00


  • Midsize pine well: $75.00
  • Midsize cedar well: $100.00
  • Stained or painted: +$25.00

     

  • PVC petite table top well: $100.00


  • Cedar tabletop well: $75.00
  • Stained or painted: +$25.00

Sales tax will be added to the total.
Delivery is free within a 30 mile radius of West Chester, Ohio.

 

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