What’s the purpose of a grain mill?
Grain mills grind grain into a usable product such as corn meal, flour, grits, polenta, and different types of cereals.
How do mills work?
Most mills use two mill stones to grind the grains as it has been done for thousands of years. Some modern mills use steel burrs or rollers as well as ceramic or synthetic stones.
How do millstones grind grains?
Millstones have grooves called furrows and between the furrows are lands. The furrows are cut into the stones in many different patterns. They move the grain outward as it is ground and also shear the grain much like a pair of scissors would cut. When the stones are in good dress and sharp they will cut the grain differently than any other process, and makes a far superior product. Thus say "Stone ground".
Why are Mills important?
For thousands of years Mill have been a important and necessary for our survival. They have been a part of life for thousands of years. They are very important in our history and heritage. They were a very significant part of early life in America, and made our survival possible.
What types/brands of mills do you restore?
I restore all types of mills from traditional horizontal to the horizontal/vertical portable mills. Brands such as: Meadows, Williams, Blackburn, New South, Nordyke & Marmon, R.D. Cole, Bradford, Straub, Freeport, Munson Bros, Richmond City, Sprout & Waldron, Steven's, Stover, Silver Creek, W.J. Savage, Case, Ty-Sa-Man, Tyler Savage and others.
About how long does it take to restore a mill?
Time to restore varies from mill to mill, it could be a few days to weeks depending on condition.
Do you restore anything other than mills?
Absolutely. I restore pretty much any milling related equipment.