December 1 , 2000
Heiligerlee, NL - The grinding stones and their associated mechanisms
On Thursday November 31, 2000 Mr. Cornelis Molema celebrated his 65th birthday.
With the help of their spouses, their employees, a catering company, a band and a men's choir they went through a lot of preparations for an unforgettable evening-to-come for Mr. Molema.
Still, there was enough time 'left' for some real work, like finishing part of the internal gear for De Immigrant.
The spur wheel has a diameter that won't allow it to be brought into the existing mill in one piece. Therefor (like our readers will recognize from pictures of the first phase of the Fulton windmill project) all of the parts of the spur wheel are once more 'numbered'. You can see the number IIII carved into one of the beam parts. This will help 'putting the puzzle pieces together again' after the spur wheel parts have been shipped to Fulton early next year.
Another part that is already finished is the hoisting mechanism for the sacks of flour. In the picture below you can see a part of this mechanism.
Yet another part of the hoisting mechanism
And the same part from the opposite side.
Also practically completed is the casing for the grinding stones and the contraption to 'feed' the grain to the stones.
The exhibiton, the surprise reception, with hundreds of people attending including many parties the Molema's worked with or for in the Netherlands and Germany, representatives from Monument's Care and different Dutch Windmill organizations, the mayor of Scheemda, many volunteer millers from Groningen and Drenthe, and the dinner party afterwards were a huge success and a complete surprise for Mr. and Mrs. Molema.
Building windmill De Immigrant