Orchard's Edge The neat rows of apple trees are just beyond reach on the other side of the fence. Windfalls litter the ground bruised and rotting. A rare find among them is a fresh apple, bright red and ready to eat. The road to the south can barely be seen beyond the shrubs and plants. Buzzing comes from a bee hive that stands on a small wooden platform. [ obvious exits: E S ]
You drop a cast iron cooking pot.
You stuff some tabac into the pipe and light it.
Smoke rises from a pipe held by Calvin.
Calvin gently blows the smoke into the beehive.
As you blow smoke into the hive the bees calm down.
The buzzing of the bees quietens.
You can now open the hive.
You carefully open the beehive.
Bees swarm around Calvin's head.
A bee stings you in the face!
A bee stings Calvin in the face!
You reach into the hive and tear away a honeycomb.
Calvin places a large honeycomb in a nearby pot.
The buzzing of the bees intensifies.
You close the hive.
You can now press the honeycomb to separate honey from beeswax.
Calvin puts the honeycomb into a heavy oak press, placing it on the sloping bottom.
You close the heavy lid of the press.
Calvin turns the wing nut, pressing the honey from the honeycomb.
You turn the wing nut, pressing the lid towards the bottom.
A sticky fluid collects at the bottom of the press and golden honey drips into a vial.
You open the press and scrape the beeswax from the bottom.
Calvin puts sticky beeswax into a cast iron cooking pot.
You can now heat the beeswax to purify it.
Calvin hangs a cast iron cooking pot with beeswax over the fire.
The wax melts slowly.
The wax slowly turns into a fluid.
Calvin takes a cast iron cooking pot from the fire and leaves the beeswax to solidify.
The beeswax has grown cold and has coagulated.
You upend the pot, letting the wax topple over.
Calvin scrapes the grime off the bottom of the wax.
You put the wax back in the pot for reheating.
The wax melts and slowly turns into a fluid.
Soft wax bubbles as it reaches boiling point.
Calvin grabs a cast iron cooking pot and sieves its contents through some thin cloth.
Clean beeswax filters into a pot.
You can now make a candle by pouring the wax into a mould with a wick.
pour wax mould
Calvin grabs a heavy mould and lowers a cotton wick down the center.
Calvin takes a cast iron cooking pot and pours hot wax into the mould.
You can now leave the wax to set.
You shake a wax candle from a mould, making it fall to the ground.
You get a thick square candle made of beeswax.