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Woodson's Mill - Millstones, Hook & Crane
The wheel in the center of this photo attached on and through the floor is the mechanism that allows the correct amount of water to flow from the retention box onto the waterwheel. The crane holds the hook that is holding the runner stone. The runner stone will soon be flipped on it back and the miller will sharpen the stones.
Just a closer look.
Runner stone ready to be sharpened.
Bedstone will also be sharpened. The center widget is called a rind or rynd. It fits into the eye of the runner stone. The rynd is attached to the shaft and powers the runner stone.
 
This interesting mechanism is used to set the top running stone in place so that the grain is ground but that the stones do not touch during the grinding process.
 
 
 
The millstones are 48" in diameter and each weighs about a ton. 
 
 
 
Power House inside the mill. The shaft on the upper right of this photo powers one run of millstones.
 
 
 
Rynd or Crossbar
 
 
Cap or cover for millstones.
Display of an old running stone.




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