Preheat oven to 450°F.
Melt butter in a small saucepan.
Place flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cream of tartar in a mixing bowl.
Work in the shortening with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture resembles and feels like cornmeal.
Pour milk into the flour mixture and mix well.
Knead the dough about 12 to 15 times.
Break the dough into 1/4 to 1/3 cup size balls.
Roll or pat out dough balls to 1/2-inch thickness.
Place the dough pieces on a baking sheet and brush them with melted butter. Bake at 450°F for 10 to 12 minutes.
While the biscuits are baking, pour the honey into the remainder of the butter and bring it to a boil.
Remove the honey butter from the heat and set aside. When biscuits are done, remove them from the oven and immediately brush the tops with honey butter.