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Focus on towermill De knokmolen in Ruiselede

This stone towermill dates back to 1840 and has a concrete gallery around the mill. This is a very special mill because here you can see the evolution of the industrialisation of milling. The use of iron and an old diesel one-cylinder engine was installed in 1953 for driving a technical milling station on the ground floor. This was used when there was no wind. The family running this mill is also very known because the grandfather who deceased in 2020 was also a mill builder who restored a lot of mills. Today his son and son in law continues to restore and rebuild mills. The Daughter and granddaughter are working the mill and they do this very well.
De knokmolen from 1840, a must see windmill in Belgium
De knokmolen from 1840, a must see windmill in Belgium
Susy and daughter Yana
Susy and daughter Yana
Susy the miller
Susy the miller
Yana turning the windmill in the wind direction
Yana turning the windmill in the wind direction
Susy turning the mill in the right wind direction.
Susy turning the mill in the right wind direction.
Unlocking the air brakes
Unlocking the air brakes
Working together unlocking the air brake
Working together unlocking the air brake
Windshaft withg extra weight on the bearing to make a better balance.
Windshaft withg extra weight on the bearing to make a better balance.
The miller checking the teeth
The miller checking the teeth
Crawling trough the brakewheel 1
Crawling trough the brakewheel 1
Crawling trough the brakewheel 2
Crawling trough the brakewheel 2
Greasing the front bearing with pork fat
Greasing the front bearing with pork fat
Checking the brakesystem and lowering the rope to operate it.
Checking the brakesystem and lowering the rope to operate it.
Unlocking the brakewheel
Unlocking the brakewheel
View from the brakewheel towards the back.
View from the brakewheel towards the back.
Windshaft with extra weight and left the brakebeam made of metal and some extra weights
Windshaft with extra weight and left the brakebeam made of metal and some extra weights
View on the windshafts backend with a lot of extra weight for a better balance and to provide the juming of the end.
View on the windshafts backend with a lot of extra weight for a better balance and to provide the juming of the end.
Brakebeam with extra weights added
Brakebeam with extra weights added
Windshaft back bearing
Windshaft back bearing
Windshaft front bearing
Windshaft front bearing
Cap rollers
Cap rollers
Chicken ladder to go up in the cap
Chicken ladder to go up in the cap
Crownwheel
Crownwheel
Perfect fit and connection
Perfect fit and connection
This is the sack hoist floor
This is the sack hoist floor
Winch for lifting the millstones when needed.
Winch for lifting the millstones when needed.
Sack hoist system
Sack hoist system
The drivegear with belt for the sack hoist system
The drivegear with belt for the sack hoist system
Winch with y-wheel
Winch with y-wheel
Drivegear for the sack hoist system
Drivegear for the sack hoist system
Bringing product from the barn
Bringing product from the barn
Pulling up the sack with the sack hoist system
Pulling up the sack with the sack hoist system
One more floor
One more floor
Arriving at the stone floor
Arriving at the stone floor
Lowering a bit to put it on the support
Lowering a bit to put it on the support
Opening the sack
Opening the sack
Emptying the sack in the hopper
Emptying the sack in the hopper
Blocking the shaft with a wooden block
Blocking the shaft with a wooden block
Fixing the shaft with a wooden block through the floor above
Fixing the shaft with a wooden block through the floor above
The miller engages the gear.
The miller engages the gear.
Vertical shaft with spurwheel, cogged pinions and the millstones with wooden casing
Vertical shaft with spurwheel, cogged pinions and the millstones with wooden casing
View on the hopper and Iron spindle that drives the runner stone.
View on the hopper and Iron spindle that drives the runner stone.
View on the large spurwheel
View on the large spurwheel
The stonefloor with 3 pair of millstones
The stonefloor with 3 pair of millstones
Hopper with feed shoe
Hopper with feed shoe
Partially opened wood casing from a pair of millstones.
Partially opened wood casing from a pair of millstones.
Connection is OK
Connection is OK
Large spurwheel with smaller cogged pinion gear
Large spurwheel with smaller cogged pinion gear
On top of the spurwheel
On top of the spurwheel
The beautiful spurwheel
The beautiful spurwheel
Upright shaft with large spurwheel
Upright shaft with large spurwheel
A breathtaking view upwards
A breathtaking view upwards
The spoutfloor
The spoutfloor
The spotfloor 2
The spotfloor 2
Double flourchute
Double flourchute
Miller workpost
Miller workpost
At the workpost
At the workpost
Overseeing the flourchute
Overseeing the flourchute
Quality check
Quality check
Sack is almost full
Sack is almost full
New sack in place
New sack in place
The miller busy with adjusting the process of grinding.
The miller busy with adjusting the process of grinding.