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18.03.2011 10:00
Restaurierung einer Gartenwindmühle? Offenbar kein Scherz! Zitat · Antworten

Diesen Artikel zäume ich mal anders herum auf... es geht um dieses Objekt:

"Krasses Teil" wird so Mancher jetzt denken und sich fragen, was DAS mit MÜHLE zu tun hat... aber: one should not judge a book by it's cover...

Hier nun der Artikel aus "The Post & Courier":

Setting the wheels in motion: Yard sale to raise funds to repair island windmill

The 75-year-old windmill beside the Intracoastal Waterway no longer produces energy.

But that doesn't mean the Dutch-style icon in James Island's Riverland Terrace can't still produce excitement.

The Riverland Terrace Garden Club is raising funds to restore the 11,000-pound, two-story windmill that was built around 1936 by John Roessler. The club now owns the windmill, which has changed hands several times and in 2000 was moved about 1,000 feet.

A series of fundraisers that began last year and continues with a yard sale Saturday is intended to raise $10,000 to repair the windmill, according to garden club officers Barbara Knight, Edith McLemore and Linda Iler. They said the windmill, standing near Elliott's Cut and adjacent to the Plymouth Avenue firehouse and a small park, has become a landmark for the neighborhood and boat landing users.

The windmill has been the site of parties, gatherings and weddings, and in its next life probably will do those things again, said McLemore, events coordinator for the fundraising effort. She said the restored windmill also might find a new life as the provider of refreshments for park visitors and boat landing users.

The windmill is clearly visible at all times from boats passing by and, thus, helps mariners mark their passage, McLemore said.

But time spent near the windy waterway has taken its toll, and tropical storms over the past decades have added to the windmill's woes. The exterior exhibits some serious deterioration, and "squirrels come in and find a home and tear up anything they can find," McLemore said.

Knight said all seven of the windmill's wood-frame windows are rotting, and the particular style and size of the windows are no longer being manufactured. The garden club does not want to change the style of windows, so new ones might have to be specially made, she said.

The windmill's teak interior still sparkles, although the gears and other mechanisms that once permitted the windmill to turn breezes into usable energy are frozen in place. Knight said that to allow the blades to turn again would require cutting down some nearby trees, which is not a popular option, she said.

At one time, the windmill's four blades rotated a geared mechanism inside the structure. When it was new and fully functional, the windmill tapped wind energy capable of operating a well-water pump or grist mill, McLemore said.

Roessler, a World War I veteran, was smitten by windmills that he saw while on duty in Holland and built the windmill from plans he found in a Mechanics Illustrated publication, McLemore said. "He sharpened knives and lawn-mower blades for all the neighbors," she said.

In 1999, then-windmill owner Woodrow Nelson elected to build a home on the lot where Roessler erected the windmill. Nelson gave the windmill to the garden club, which had it moved on July 26, 2000. To accommodate the move, the windmill was separated into upper and lower portions, and the blades were removed.

News accounts tell of hundreds of people watching as a crane and flatbed truck got the windmill to its new location. Although the journey was relatively short, the multitude of trees along the route necessitated a slow and careful effort that took about 40 minutes to complete.

The 45-member Garden Club thinks the windmill again will draw crowds and elicit excitement when it's restored and serving the community once more

A current view of the old windmill, as seen from the river side of the Plymouth Avenue boat landing.

Inside the windmill, at the very top, are gears and other mechanisms that at one time were turned by the blades outside to convert wind into a usable form of energy. The blades and gears inside no longer can turn.

Riverland Terrace Garden Club officers (from left) Barbara Knight, Edith McLemore and Linda Iler stand outside the 75-year-old windmill at the Plymouth Avenue boat landing. The club is raising funds to restore the windmill and open it for special events and possibly as a refreshment stand.

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Standort der "Mühle": Plymouth Avenue, James Island, SC 29412, U.S.A.

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18.03.2011 12:21
#2 RE: Restaurierung einer Gartenwindmühle? Offenbar kein Scherz! Zitat · Antworten

Äh ... da hat sich jemand viel Arbeit gemacht. Aber ... die Technik im Inneren passt doch überhaupt nicht zu den Attrappenflügeln!?
Also wozu das Ganze? Egal, einer sammelt halt Briefmarken, Sackstutzen oder Elevatorfüße, andere erfreuen sich an sowas.
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