Tuesday 30 October 2007

New main shaft - 30/10/2007

The main shaft fitted during the mill restoration in 1991 had rotted and broken during 2005 and the mill could no longer turn. Acorn Bank Volunteers Richard Harland and Bob Price joined Tim Martin of Context Engineering in October 2007 to help fit the new main shaft Tim had made and replace all the 12 spokes of the waterwheel.

Tim Martin of Context Engineering fits the last of the 12 new spokes

In March 2008 Tim, Richard and Bob were joined by the third volunteer, Ray Gill, when they adjusted the wedges to balance and centre the waterwheel and pitwheel on the new shaft.