668 Steinbach Nutcracker The Miller
We have this Folk-song in Germany: Das
muB kein rechter MŁller sein, dem niemals fiel das Wandern em ... vom
Wasser haben wirís gelernt...
Yes, that is quite a well-kown folk
song here and deals with water mills, as opposed to windmills, steam or
electric mills. From time immemorial there have been mill rights and
obligations depending on the owner of the mill. With our miller itís
always a special right of the waters. The water powers the mill, whether
itís a corn, oil, paper or saw mill. Such a miller needs a lot of
technical understanding and also a sense of smell and touch. The grain
must always be checked for moisture, colour, smell, size of corn and
form, and the miller must also detect pollutants and pests. With grain
millstones made of French quartz with a diameter up to 21/2 metres were
normally used. Below the fixed ground stone, above the moveable stone
with the specially carved sharp edges of the air furrows.
Recently we found a genuine,
well-preserved millstone on the grounds of our factory while excavating.
We shall put it up at our entrance as a memorial to the old mill which
stood here 200 years ago.
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