TILTING AT WINDMILLS

There exists a true working windmill here in Holland, MI.   The upper part of the windmill was shipped here to the USA and Holland, MI from Amsterdam.  An engineer came along with this big load of lumber and parts and with help of the locals here in Holland, they put it all back together!   We went to see it today and had a short tour.   All located on what is called Windmill Island.   In early Spring it is full of tulip blooms.   Today they were busy replanting the 1000’s of bulbs in preparation for next Spring.

Back to the windmill.  It continues to grind wheat that is locally grown in Michigan.  There have been only 4 millers in the life of the windmill.  The miller of today is a female named Alisa Crawford.   She is a certified , trained miller , trained in the Netherlands.   DE ZWAAN  is the brand name of the flour that is produced here.   The method of the wind turning the windmill, when and how much canvas must be added to the blades, the tilt of the blades, and the direction of the blades is all a precise art.  There are rollers near the top of the windmill on the exterior that will rotate the “whole blade” apparatus to catch the wind — N, E, NE, S , W, — you get it!!!!    THAT is only done by Alisa and she must step along a large wheel to make it all move.   And you can just imaging how large and heavy the grinding stones are.   They , too, were shipped from the Netherlands.

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HOLLAND, MICHIGAN WINDMILL.  LOWER PORTION LOCALLY CONSTRUCTED.   UPPER AREA WITH WOOD SHINGLES AND THE BLADES WAS DISMANTLED IN THE NETHERLANDS AND SHIPPED TO HOLLAND AND REASSEMBLED.

For any of you who are “gear – heads”…….

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AS THE WIND TURNS THE WINDMILL, AND GRINDING THE WHEAT IS BEING DONE, THESE TWO LARGE WOOD PEGGED GEARS ARE PULLED TOGETHER.  THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS ATTACHED TO THE GRINDING STONE. THE ONE ON THE RIGHT ROTATES AS A RESULT OF THE EXTERIOR BLADES TURNING.   AS THE GEARS TURN  TOGETHER, THE STONE ROTATES  –THEREFORE,”GRINDING” THE WHEAT!!   
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WINDMILL BLADES
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HANK TILTING AT WINDMILLS
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JANET TILTIING AT WINDMILLS

 

Two other “attractions” were a parade organ.

And another carrousel, but this one was for children.  Both were sent here to Holland, MI from the Netherlands.

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NO PAPER SCROLLS, LIKE MANY OTHER ORGANS, THIS ONE USES WOODEN BOOKS!!                (SEE ON LEFT SIDE)
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THESE HORSES WERE CARVED IN THE NETHERLANDS, NOT IN NORTH TONAWANDA, NY AT THE HERSCHEL CARROUSEL FACTORY.                                                             

 

TRAVEL UPDATE —- looking like we will be here for a couple more days.   We have company, as a boat docked next to us is also doing the Great Loop.   Hank and I sure do hope we escape off this Lake before the first snow falls.   geesh!!!!!!!

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