2021 Restoration Update 9
On 9 March 2022 we received the welcome news from the Department of Public Works in Pretoria that we could go ahead with the full restoration of Mostert’s Mill. While much of the wooden machinery inside the Mill has been manufactured over the past months, now for the first time since the fire we could start work on masonry repairs and on the Mill furniture – doors, windows, shutters, the two wooden floors and their support beams and access ladders. All these architectural features need broad, official heritage approval. (The wooden machinery did too, but there is no-one in South Africa who knows what the original looked like other than the Friends of Mostert’s Mill, so we were left to get on with making those components by ourselves).
The Brake Wheel & Lantern Pinion
Our last Update showed you the work being done by Mike Sutten on the Brake Wheel. Here are the finished wheel and Lantern Pinion, and also two of the four brake blocks (being made by Andy Selfe) that will fit on the outside edge of the wheel. For comparison, the 1995 brake wheel manufactured in the Netherlands is also shown, mounted on the Windshaft and with the brake blocks visible on the edge.
Curb Ring and Cap Ring
Here are the completed rings, with the Cap Ring able to turn inside the Curb Ring with a 3mm clearance between the two.
Here is the nearly completed Cap Frame in Jon Stevens’ workshop. The green short stretcher is attached to the Frame in the foreground.
And here is a reminder of how the green long and short stretchers and the Tail Pole fit together. The miller can move the whole cap to face the wind by turning the capstan at the foot of the Tail Pole.
This is being cut to size by Kimon Mamacos of Sentinel Timbers in Hout Bay, but needs two months between each cut to dry out. We’ll tell you more with the next update. For much more detailed information on the whole restoration process, please visit https://mostertsmillafterthefire.blogspot.com/?view=magazine compiled by Andy Selfe.
Yours sincerely – the Mostert’s Mill Restoration Team