|Richard, George, Nick, Mike, Ray and Bob|
We spent the morning around Nick's mill, seeing how different bits of machinery operated, learning about the various grains and flours and seeing how they influenced the milling process.
At lunch time it was pouring with rain (see picture), but nonetheless we stood in what shelter we could find and ate delicious pizzas baked in their cob oven.
In the afternoon we travelled to Acorn Bank, first to have a photo taken by the man from the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, then to start the mill and grind some flour. At first we could only mill fairly coarse meal, but this was probably due to feeding the grain too fast for the power available, which was limited by the delay between opening up the sluice and the extra water reaching the mill.
A number of improvements were suggested:
- Repair the leaks in the wheel
- Improve the launder end box to adjust the angle of flow into the wheel
- Clear the leat and repair its leaks
- Make a fine control for the shoe angle adjustment
- Alter the hopper outlet so that it doesn't need constant attention
- Put a flap in the front of the tun so the gap between the stones can be seen
- I forgot this one - put a "sock" below the shoe to prevent grain scattering off the damsel