Work has continued on making the dummy shaft to fit the bearing box in the lower wall. Ray has made two imitation wooden bearings, shown here carrying a surplus length of shafting, and these have been drilled to suit the holes in the original box.
This week Richard, Donald and I managed to hoist the shaft into position, where it sits on the beam and the bearing box. Now we just need to fit the dummy bearings and make a gear wheel for the outside.
Meanwhile work continues on the mill yard. This week all the garden and estate staff and volunteers turned out to clear it and put down gravel for an apple-pressing event this coming Saturday (with help from George and Peter). They also managed to break one of our stone lintels while trying to move it into the kiln room.