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Danish Windmill Restoration Project Update

With national news showing the massive flooding along the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, Mill Manager Lisa Riggs became concerned because that is where the Millwright and his warehouse are located and where the parts are being crafted for the 1848 Danish Windmill. She made a quick call to B.E. Hassett Millwrights, and was assured by Ben Hassett that our lumber is safe and dry.

The Mill's restoration project met with delay after one of the two 67-foot timbers for the new sails that had been air drying for over a year, turned out to be of inferior quality and could not be properly shaped. It was determined that replacing only one of the sails with a good timber instead of the two that are really needed would not be a prudent course of action based on the existing structural deterioration of the old timber. As a result, the Board decided to order a new 67-foot fir timber as well as to replace a few of the spars on the fan tail.

The new lumber will be kiln-dried to speed up the drying process. The lumber is expected to arrive at the Millwright's warehouse within about a week and it will take at least two weeks to craft it into a sail stock.

Millwright Ben Hassett and his crew are planning to arrive mid-April to hopefully complete the reconstruction. After that a crew will install new shingles on the old Mill cap. The Mill House and Morning Star Chapel will also get matching shingles. The shingle contract was let as a joint co-op of Fajen Lumber and Modern Roofing both of Elk Horn and will be funded in part by an insurance reimbursement for hail damage and a grant from the Shelby County Community Foundation.

A special thanks goes to Mill Board Member Tim Andersen of The Cabinet Shop who just completed eight new shutters to fit the eight spars that lead up to the fan tail assembly to help save on time. Tim donated his labor and materials resulting in an estimated savings to the Mill project of $2,600.

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Windmill Shutters 1
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The Danish Windmill

P.O. Box 245, 4038 Main
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
(712) 764-7472