I got to thinking the other day, why am I buying foundations if I now have a steady supply of beeswax? I get that the process takes time, and the time spent on making them vs. buying them isn't practical on either a large or small scale. I'm not always a practical person. I can buy a skirt at JCPenny for 30 minutes of my time and a few bucks...but I rather enjoy sewing one with 2 hours of my time and quite a few more bucks for a lovely fabric, because I made it myself, you know? So, forget the impracticality of it, and let's say I just want to do it because I just wanna. I went digging around online looking for info and every single bit of info I could find eventually led to having to press that honeycomb pattern into the foundation or making them individually in molds that have the pattern. I don't get why the bees, who've been building the incredibly precise and sturdy hexagonal honeycomb for 10,000 years at whatever cell size they want, need that little honeycomb pattern milled onto a starter strip or a foundation at a size we humans think is right. Do they just not like a...blank surface to build on, so they'll just completely ignore a blank foundation? Will they really just go drone-brood-sized crazy if left without that guide? If that were the case, then it wouldn't be possible at all to top bar keep or go foundationless in a Lang, so that can't be the case, can it? Is it just because they'll build faster with a guide? If so, then why have I read some trustworthy sources saying bees drew foundationless faster or just as fast? And what exactly did Langstroth do before there were fancy presses and molds to mass produce foundations with the pattern on them? Why the pattern milling? Does anyone know? I have, heh, a bee in a my bonnet about this now. And, has anyone ever tried making their own foundations or guide strips for comb honey...because I think I just might. Not as my only foundation/comb guide option, but maybe a few, and see what happens. FOR SCIENCE!