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photoblog image Ijsvogel Watermolen & Distillery 5

Ijsvogel Watermolen & Distillery 5

Depending on which wheel is turning, the axle can be connected to the main shaft (king's capstan). The main shaft in turn, is used to turn two sets of milling stones. The mill stones at the base at stationary, while the mill stones on the top are rotated by the main shaft through gears. The main drive shaft is also used at times to operate the hoist from the attic, to lift loads from the ground floor outside the mill, and haul it in through a window in the attic. The corn is then fed into the hoppers in the attic, from which it flows into a shaking tray, which controls the rate at which the corn enters the 'well', before being milled. Grooves cut into the mill stones cause the ground corn to be displaced centrifugally outwards. Depending on the usage of the mill, the stones have to be cleaned and re-grooved. 

Ijsvogel Watermolen & Distillery 5

Depending on which wheel is turning, the axle can be connected to the main shaft (king's capstan). The main shaft in turn, is used to turn two sets of milling stones. The mill stones at the base at stationary, while the mill stones on the top are rotated by the main shaft through gears. The main drive shaft is also used at times to operate the hoist from the attic, to lift loads from the ground floor outside the mill, and haul it in through a window in the attic. The corn is then fed into the hoppers in the attic, from which it flows into a shaking tray, which controls the rate at which the corn enters the 'well', before being milled. Grooves cut into the mill stones cause the ground corn to be displaced centrifugally outwards. Depending on the usage of the mill, the stones have to be cleaned and re-grooved. 

comments (17)

  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Feb 2019, 01:55
I love this angle of the grining wheels!
Ayush Basu: I believe these milling stones at the front are for show only, CheriePie. The two at the rear (one to the left and right) encased in wooden slats are the ones that are working.
Cela a l'air d'être très lourd.
Ayush Basu: It is heavy indeed, they have a chain pulley block to take it out of the mill when needed, Martine.
Wonderful photo... Fascinating info!!
Ayush Basu: It was fascinating for me how water power is harnessed to drive these milling stones, Elizabeth.
Amazing how it all works, Ayush. The stones must weigh quite a bit.
Ayush Basu: It is heavy indeed; they have a chain pulley block to take it out of the mill when needed, Frank. And that too is operated by the main drive shaft by an additional belt transmission.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2019, 06:30
Old but efficient technology
Ayush Basu: With some minor maintenance, it is also quite enduring, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2019, 06:50
Those are some impressive and big stones, Ayush. The top stone can go for quite some years from now. It is amazing how things work and still work. Great series!
Ayush Basu: You are right about that, Astrid - these mills operate only when volunteers come, which is not seven days a week now (but that was the case in the past). I was informed that minor maintenance works were carried out by the millers and major works were carried out by specialized companies.
Vraiment impressionnant cet engin, mieux vaut ne pas y laisser traîner les doigts ;-)
Bonne journée Ayush
Ayush Basu: Oh yes, once inside, there would be nothing remaining of them!
Merci, Pascale.
It was almost a work of art carving the stones in the first place.
Ayush Basu: I imagine how they did that in the past, Brian.
Old mill stones are sometimes seen as property decorations here.
Ayush Basu: I believe I have seen a couple of them here too, Mary.
You would not want to get your fingers under that!
Ayush Basu: Heavens forbid, Bill!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Feb 2019, 00:21
Certainly it is a thing of great industrial beauty, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: The Dutch did a fine job of taking the windmill and engineering it thoroughly, Ray, in my opinion.
Don't you love how someone figured this all out eons ago, Ayush...and they're still working! Just this past Saturday Astrid bought flour from the working mill just two blocks from us.
Ayush Basu: I think of these mills as examples of human ingenuity, Ginnie. I remember that mill and good for both of you to be supporting it.
that looks quite intimidating! wouldn't want to get my fingers caught in there! great shot, Ayush!!
Ayush Basu: You are quite right, Elaine - but just imagine, none of that health and workplace safety nonsense all those years ago.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Feb 2019, 11:58
I like how the exhibit of the wheel clearly shows how the grain get milled.
Ayush Basu: Yes, this place receives visitors and organizes a guided tour at 1400 on specified days. So the place was well set up to give a detailed peek inside, Louis.
you framed the mill stones at a good point of view Ayush... that top stone looks quite heavy....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Peter, the mill also features chain pulley blocks to take care of hauling those mill stones in and out.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2019, 21:13
Its a clever piece of design to harness the power of the water for the various tasks.
Ayush Basu: Master ingenuity, Alan.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 12 Feb 2019, 01:50
a fascinating scene
Ayush Basu: I spent a good couple of hours or so at this place, Sherri.

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