Lou's Place in Cyberspace
Over the years I found I have a great natural interest in Archeology, Architecture, Machinery, and History. Culminating from those interests I found the study of Gristmills and their architecture and machinery became a favorite subject to me. The 18th and 19th century industrial progress from water to steam power held a fascination, and seemed to feel pleasing as it involved gears and gearing, another interest. I believe the interest in machinery has been passed on to me by my father, who was a master machinist most of his life. Things mechanical have always held an interest in my mind.
My first Mill study "The Mills of Brodheadsville" began with the discovery of a mill in complete ruins, with little left but a stone foundation and several gears and parts lying in the ruins. From research I was able to reconstruct what the mill once looked like. A 3D scale CAD model I constructed helped me find the correlations between parts, and the virtual model provided the basis for renderings, allowing illustrations to be made explaining the evolution of the now destroyed mill. "The Mills of Brodheadsville", shows how from ruins and old photographs a destroyed mill was reborn as a virtual 3D model.
A few years later, an email from the owner of a mill who saw my mill project on this web site led to the another Mill project, Castle Valley Mill located on Neshaminy Creek, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
Here I had the chance to work with a nearly intact mill, though it had been revised and renovated over its history. It was an opportunity to combine all my interests into one project.
My interests in Industrial Archeology gives me an opportunity to explore a structure and reveal its nature. My interests in these matters led to the latest study.
My latest project, the Stover Mill in Erwinna, Pennsylvania, again allowed me to explore and recreate this mill in virtual reality using CAD modeling. This mill is nearly intact and still has most of the original equipment and machinery. It is powered by twin water turbines. A unique structure, power source and location made this an interesting mill to explore, and was an insight to the genius of 19th. century technology and inventiveness. This study has almost 500 illustrations and over 200 actual photos of the items described.
I hope you find these studies interesting.
STOVER GRIST MILL, ERWINNA, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
CASTLE VALLEY MILL, DOYLESTOWN, BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
1873 "EUREKA" BRUSH & FINISHING MACHINE mfg. by the S. Howes Co. Silver Creek, New York
MILLS OF BRODHEADSVILLE & RED MILL RECONSTRUCTED
KELLER'S MILL-McIlhaney Pa. Town next to Brodheadsville
WANNAMAKER'S MILL-Kresgeville, Polk Township, Pa.
"JOHN RUSSELL'S" RUBBER AND BRUSH SMUT MACHINE RESTORATION