Honey Bees are endangered
Just to keep this short, in case you’ve missed it completely: The honey bee is in great danger, in America as well as in Europe and other locations. Among the worst of “bee situations” is Britain. British bee keepers have lost up to 80% of their bees in recent years. As soon as 2018, Britain might be more or less completely without any bees at all.
Besides natural parasites and diseases among bees (that have always been there), poisons such as Neonicotinoids, GMO cultivation, various forms of pollution and the lack of traditional rural farmland - are main reasons for their decline.
To keep it short: Without bees, no honey, without honey - no mead, so you better start giving it a thought. Besides, bees are very important for pollination, and their demise would mean (really) bad news for the food industry. This goes not just for the bee, but for the Bumblebee and others too.
Here are some few links, to various groups and campaigns that take this seriously - where you can help out and learn how to prevent bees from becoming but a childhood memory:
Early Medieval pattern-welded Sickle
- Reconstruction by Thorkil
The sickle was based on an antler sickle case found in Stargard Szczecinski, West Pomerania (Poland). The original was richly decorated with geometrical motives, popular at that time. Thorkil’s version is a very faithful reconstruction of it, with all circles, dots, triangles and lines made on natural deer antler.
The decoration was hand engraved, then coloured with natural dark dye for a contrast and stronger effect. The sickle blade’s is pattern-welded (damascus) steel. It was hand forged (in charcoal fire) of 20 twisted layers. The cutting edge was forge-welded to pattern-welded part.
Source: Copyright © 2014 Thorkil