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A visual arts project celebrating and exploring the culture and history of our windmills.

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Patterns of History


An example of a millstone pattern

An example of a millstone pattern

A visit to Heckington Windmill is always enlightening and this week I found out (from the very knowledgeable and helpful) Jim that millstones are carved according to a pattern. And that the grooves on the surface are called furrows and the flat areas are called lands.  There used to be millstone pattern makers and here is an example of a pattern made in a rubber-like material.  Mmm, I wonder if that would work for lino-cut printing?  Only one way to find out!

The more I learn about Mills and the processes involved, the more they just keep on supplying food for thought!