“A love for the bees and the natural world has always been an important part of the lives of the father-son inventing team behind the idea, Stuart and Cedar Anderson.
It all started because Cedar felt bad about bees being crushed during the honey harvest. He was also sick of being stung and having to spend a whole week harvesting his honey.
“The first idea was simply that there must be a better way, and I’d been thinking about that from a very young age,” says Cedar, who started keeping bees when he was about six.
For almost a decade, Cedar and Stu tinkered away in the shed to find a way to harvest honey that was less stressful on the bees – and the beekeeper. They were chasing the beekeeper’s dream.
Stu and Cedar would draw sketches and discuss ideas, then Cedar would use his remarkable lay engineering nous to come up with working prototypes.
After trialling many methods over the years, and finding nothing they were really happy with, Cedar developed an idea to split the cells horizontally. While this idea worked, it was soon replaced.
It was while working on that invention, that the real “Eureka” moment occurred.
“I think Dad had had a few strong coffees that morning,” Cedar recalls.
“He held his hands together in a way that resembled a honey cell and then moved them so the two halves were offset.”
“I knew straight away exactly what he was talking about,” Cedar says.
That was the morning the Flow™ system was born.
Months of experimentation led to a number of prototypes, a lot of trial and error, then friendly beekeepers trying out the designs.
The frames worked. Very well indeed. And it soon became clear that Stu and Cedar had something really special that was going to change beekeeping forever. ”