Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
We also tidied the cables that cross the area by putting them in a length of plastic trunking.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Today George was filling some of the rather random holes in the masonry with wood, stone and lime mortar and Richard was working on the No 2 stone drive shaft (see later in this entry). The rest of us made a start on the improvements required so we can bag flour in the mill.
Ray removed the old back board from the wall and Mike cleaned it up and gave it a couple of coats of varnish.
Meanwhile Ray and Bob measured and cut two plywood panels to board over the bare slates, and these too were given some varnish. They will be screwed to the rafters next week when the varnish is dry.
Mike went on to varnish the ends, legs and underside of the bagging bench.
One of the other improvements listed last week was to the control that adjusts the angle of the shoe. Bob found and removed this rather nice screw adjuster from the second, rather derelict, winnower. Richard is going to adapt it to pulling the string.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
|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