About Bee Built

We know beekeepers care about ecology and the plight of pollinators. That's why we use only FSC® certified wood from the Pacific Northwest and are certified FSC chain-of-custody. To us, it's illogical to harm forests while trying to help bees.

Bee Built Jig Wall
The Bee Built Mill

All of our beehives are crafted at our wood shop in Portland, Oregon. We purchase lumber from local and neighboring regions to keep material miles low. We take pride in the hives that we build, and are dedicated to bees, quality, customer support, and education.

Bee Built Meghan

HOW WE WORK

We know beekeepers care about ecology and the plight of pollinators.That's why we use only FSC® certified wood from the Pacific Northwest and are certified FSC chain-of-custody. To us, it's illogical to harm forests while trying to help bees.

All of our beehives are crafted at our wood shop in Portland, Oregon.We purchase lumber from neighboring regions to keep material miles low. We take pride in the hives that we build and are dedicated to bees, quality, customer support, and education. 

QUALITY
We make the highest quality beehives from clear lumber.

IMMEDIATE FULFILLMENT GUARANTEED
Orders ship within
2 business days.

SUSTAINABILITY
We are committed to sustainability. We use only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified, Pacific Northwest lumber.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $75
If you can order it,
it's in stock.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
We are one of the only beekeeping supply companies with B Certified Corporation (pending) status.

GIVING BACK
At least 5% of our profits are contributed to organizations doing good for honey bees and other pollinators.

BEE BUILT began in June of 2017when Ed purchased the designs and assets of the former Bee Thinking. Bee Thinking’s innovative, logical designs, commitment to natural beekeeping and providing bees with the best environments in which to thrive, are central to our values and to our history at Bee Built.With many years of beekeeping and hive manufacturing experience, the Bee Built team is committed to providing beekeepers with sustainable, highest quality beehives and beekeeping supplies. We are also committed to giving back through donating funds and hives to organizations who help bees and other pollinators.We are proud to be a part of the natural beekeeping community, look forward to working with our customers, and educating about the important role of pollinators and the issues they face in our world today.

QUALITY
We make the highest quality beehives from clear lumber.

SUSTAINABILITY
We are committed to sustainability. We use only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified, Pacific Northwest lumber.

IMMEDIATE FULFILLMENT GUARANTEED
Orders ship within
2 business days.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $75
If you can order it,
it's in stock.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
We are one of the only beekeeping supply companies with B Certified Corporation (pending) status.

GIVING BACK
At least 5% of our profits are contributed to organizations doing good for honey bees and other pollinators.

Adjusting a Bee Built Top Bar
Matt, Jill, and Ed of Bee Built

Foundationless beekeeping provides honeybees with an ideal environment to thrive in, one which draws upon their instinctive behavior and methods. Our first recommendation to any beekeeper is to research and read up on vital beekeeping topics such as: bee life cycles and biology, beekeeping history, hive designs, colony management, and innumerable other honeybee related topics. Without this primary knowledge, beekeepers diminish their chances of success, and lower their colony's chances of thriving and surviving. Also of key importance is an often underutilized, vital beekeeping tool: simply observing the colony. Watching hive traffic and witnessing the colony's cycles of behavior can indicate signs of health or trouble and signal overall strength or weakness of a colony, as well as signs of distress, such as robbing and queenlessness.

Too often beekeepers fuss with their bees or take unnecessary, interfering steps in order to feel a sense of management over their colonies, but bees are already equipped to take care of themselves; they have been doing it for millions of years! Giving them the best chance at success by providing logical, regular management and an excellent environment to thrive in goes a long way to foster healthy colonies and genetics.We do not use or endorse the use of chemicals in the hive whatsoever. We are focused on giving bees a healthy environment, and promoting healthy genes. In our own apiaries, colonies that succumb to Varroa or other pests and diseases are not increased the next season. Those that survive, we split from, and increase our stock.As backyard and hobby beekeepers, letting bees do what they do best allows them to satisfy their own colony's needs by relying upon the myriad abilities they already inherently have.


THE BEE BUILT TEAM

“I've always enjoyed working with my hands whether it be wrenching cars or chopping wood. It's amazing at Bee Built to blend high tech CNC machine with traditional woodworking.”

"Before moving to Oregon five years ago, I was an artisan flour miller and artist during my spare time. At Bee Built, I have been able to keep pursuing my love for artisanal craft, design, and sustainability."

Meghan loves to make things-from dinner in the kitchen with pots and pans to hives in the mill with tools and machines. "There’s never a dull moment. I’m always excited to learn something new from our passionate little team.

“As a veteran, I am drawn to being part of something greater. Our hives represent the synergy that we experience in the mill. I am proud to work for Bee Built because of our commitment to sustainability, excellent products, and customer satisfaction.”

Travis is an avid student and loves to develop new skills-from darkroom photography to car mechanics. “Working at Bee Built has been a fantastic opportunity to learn the art of woodworking, as well as gain an understanding of how a small business functions at an intimate level.”

Adam has always had a fascination with wildlife and loves being able to learn more about honeybees and other pollinators everyday.

"Nature, writing, learning, dogs, my kid, and tarot. That's it."

Meggyn is a proud beegan with a love for typography, minimalism, and burritos.

Matt has designed and manufactured beehives for 10 years.

Ed has owned various businesses over the years and joined the hive about a year ago. He is excited by this venture!

"BLACKENED WALNUT."

"Hi my name is Laura and I'm here to say, a bit about myself in a RAPPING way! I'm a mother of three and I'm into the bees, so keep buying hives from our company, please!"

"Before moving to Oregon five years ago, I was an artisan flour miller and artist during my spare time. At Bee Built, I have been able to keep pursuing my love for artisanal craft, design, and sustainability."

“I've always enjoyed working with my hands whether it be wrenching cars or chopping wood. It's amazing at Bee Built to blend high tech CNC machine with traditional woodworking.”

Meghan loves to make things-from dinner in the kitchen with pots and pans to hives in the mill with tools and machines. "There’s never a dull moment. I’m always excited to learn something new from our passionate little team.

“As a veteran, I am drawn to being part of something greater. Our hives represent the synergy that we experience in the mill. I am proud to work for Bee Built because of our commitment to sustainability, excellent products, and customer satisfaction.”

Travis is an avid student and loves to develop new skills-from darkroom photography to car mechanics. “Working at Bee Built has been a fantastic opportunity to learn the art of woodworking, as well as gain an understanding of how a small business functions at an intimate level.”

Adam has always had a fascination with wildlife and loves being able to learn more about honeybees and other pollinators everyday.

"Nature, writing, learning, dogs, my kid, and tarot. That's it."

Meggyn is a proud beegan with a love for typography, minimalism, and burritos.

Matt has designed and manufactured beehives for 10 years.

Ed has owned various businesses over the years and joined the hive about a year ago. He is excited by this venture!

"BLACKENED WALNUT."

"Hi my name is Laura and I'm here to say, a bit about myself in a RAPPING way! I'm a mother of three and I'm into the bees, so keep buying hives from our company, please!"