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Wind (saw) mill - and you thought they only pumped water?
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Posted By: newmikey, 04-01-2013, 03:05 PM

Sawmill "Het Jonge Schaap"




Het Jonge Schaap (The young sheep) is the name of a wooden wind powered sawmill, located in the Zaanse Schans, in the municipality of Zaanstad.
The original mill was built in 1680 and demolished in 1942. Between 2005 and 2007, a replica of the mill at the Zaanse Schans, between the mills “De Zoeker” and “De Bonte Hen”.
Here the ramp used to pull up logs out of the water (all by windpower of course) is shown.




These logs were floated to the windmill to be converted into boards inside the multiple parallel blades of the wind-powered mill.


View across the river Zaan from the sawing room at the base of sawmill Het Jonge Schaap.


Here we see the "business end" of sawmill Het Jonge Schaap (The young sheep). The multiple parallel saws move up and down, while each movement up turns a cogwheel which advances the log into the sawblades - all of this wind-powered of course.


The multiple parallel saws move up and down, while each movement up turns a cogwheel which advances the log into the sawblades - all of this wind-powered of course. There are two saws in total with which 4 logs can be sliced into boards simultaneously.


"Planking a log" sometimes gives these nice geometric forms. The practice is meant to allow the sliced log to dry evenly into straight boards.


"Planking the logs" is meant to allow the sliced logs to dry evenly without warping. Air can circulate freely throughout the planks before they are put to any use.
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Now there's a thing I didn't know they did that, over here it was much more boring, just for making flour for baking.

A great set images, thanks for posting.
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Those are great images, especially the tandem pit saws harnessed for wind power. I've never seen one like it before.
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Just learnt something new Thanks for sharing your images.

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