Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Grinding Wheel Adventure Begins

To my younger son's delight, he came across and purchased an antique grinding wheel yesterday from a local antique dealer.  The wheel is 24 inches in diameter and 3 inches wide, weighing 125 pounds or so.  It came in an ancient packing pallet of dubious structural integrity, giving my son and me a few anxious moments in lifting the wheel from the back of his Subaru and setting it atop a used guitar amp in the garage.






My son says that the wheel is from a Michigan quarry that ceased operations in the 1930s.  So, my grandfather or even my great grandfather could have made use of this very grinding wheel.

The next step is for my son to construct a frame for the wheel.  Then he will need a treadle apparatus to spin the wheel using foot power.  As this technology was perfected early in the last century, my son will soon be searching the Web for historical designs.

The adventure begins.

6 comments:

  1. Wow! Indeed, it looks antique. But you can see that it is well-preserved. 125 pounds of grinding wheel is quite heavy, and I haven’t seen one as heavy as this. Is your son done creating the frame and treadle apparatus for this wheel?

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  2. He has his plans made up but hasn't begun implementing yet.

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  3. Hello! I'm happy to have come across your page! Me and my son recently found one of these in the river we were fishing in! I have been searching all over to find more info on what it was and found similar stones but nothing until I found your post. Ours looks identical to the one you have pictured. I wonder if it was made by the same company. Do you have any more info and how much did you pay for it? Thanks!

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    1. Sorry, I don't have any more information about the stone. There were no company markings. I forget how much my son paid for the stone, maybe $80 or so.

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  4. The adventure about de grinding wheel ... and ... ?

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    1. My son is pursuing three or four other craft adventures right now. The grinding wheel is waiting patiently on its pallet in the garage.

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