Friday, December 23, 2011

Homestead Heritage: Gristmeal

This is a continuation of our homeschool group Homestead Heritage field trip in Waco, Texas through the different workshops. Here we visited the gristmill:

Outside of the gristmill, you will find...
this waterwheel, which powers...
these wheels and pulleys so that...
the grindstone can grind the wheat, corn or other grain.
The craftsman in charge of this workshop told us that the freshly ground flour is extremely flammable and that many gristmills in the past went up in flames. From this comes the saying: "Keep your nose to the grindstone..." because that was how the miller could sense if the flour started scorching.

The grooves in the grindstone, combined with centrifugal force, 
push the freshly ground flour off of the grindstone into a collecting place.
Unless the grindstone gets too old to use and then it can be...
turned into a flower planter!

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