|Traditional manufacture of skeps |
Skeps have been used for about 2000 years all across Europe. The earliest were baskets made from wicker which was plastered with mud and dung. In the middle ages they were made out of straw or reeds. They are just like an upside down basket. A weaver of beehives was called a 'Skepper' and you can find this surname still in western countries.
It is now illegal, is some countries, to keep bees in a skep because it is hard to look after the safety of the bees.