Mill Wheel holds a strange fascination for all who gaze upon it.
More than any other part of a mill, its the wheel that folks want to
observe. Perhaps the reason for a prolonged fixation may be hard to
identify, but the quiet hypnotic rhythm imparts a message of peace
and tranquility not readily found in other aspects of our lives. And
as we watch, we know that everything is alright with the world, and
the awesome wooden assembly upon which we stare, is machinery as it
was meant to be. We may not reflect upon the cost of maintaining
such a structure, nor are we likely to ponder the fact that a wooden
wheel has very limited life span, but what we may realize is that we
are witnessing the closest thing to perpetual motion yet devised by
mortals. So do not pass us by, my friend. Stop and spend a moment;
let your mind wander where it will. And if, after the day's work is
done, you notice someone in a miller's cap meditating by the rail,
try to understand that this person - closest to the wheel - still
has not taken this magnificent spectacle for granted.
buckets of the waterwheel were removed for replacement this spring.
Here is the appearance of the wheel without its buckets.
The buckets were
replaced by millwright Derek Ogden. Here is a view of the mill wheel
with the new buckets in place and the mill ready for operation.