Fort Ross shows off new Russian-built...

Fort Ross shows off new Russian-built windmall

There are 2 comments on the Petaluma360 story from Oct 21, 2012, titled Fort Ross shows off new Russian-built windmall. In it, Petaluma360 reports that:

The 39-foot tall windmill sat on the bluff at Fort Ross State Historic Park on Saturday, the vanes straining in the onshore winds, a reminder that although the Russians may have built a fortress, the settlement was really a peaceful colony.

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penguin

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#1 Oct 21, 2012
“The Russians brought language, some culture and some technology and built this windmill because people needed to be fed,” said Rinat Umarov, an official with the Link of Times Foundation, a Russian cultural and historic foundation.

“The Russians were here in peace and this windmill is a symbol of that peace,” he said.

Link of Times financed the $380,000 windmill, which was hand-made in Kirillov, Russia, then disassembled and shipped to Northern California to be reassembled at the park, located on the Sonoma Coast 12 miles north of Jenner.

The windmill was timed to be finished as part of the 200th anniversary of the fort's founding in 1812. It was a draw Saturday for visitors to the Fort Ross Harvest Festival.

“It looks pretty good. I have never seen one like this before. It is impressive,” said Howard Rosenberg of Antioch.

“It is fascinating,” said Linda Pixley of Denver, Colo.

Architect Anton Maltsev of the Restoration Centre in Moscow and architect Aleksander Popov, the center's director, took four months to build the windmill in Kirillov, a city where windmills had traditionally been built, using designs and techniques that evolved since 1100 AD.

“There is a huge amount of human intellect in this building, a huge amount of wisdom,” said Keith Alward of Alward Construction in Berkeley, who helped with the construction at Fort Ross.
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The windmill is hand-made of pine, spruce and birch, held together with wooden pegs and hand-forged fittings, with the architects using axes, adzes and drawknifes just as craftsmen would have 200 years ago.

“I think it is a real accomplishment to bring something from two centuries ago to the present,” Alward said.

The windmill is a unique, Russian-style “post mill” in which the entire mill house swivels around a central post to keep the vanes facing into the wind.

The original Fort Ross windmill was the first windmill constructed in California, built two years after the colony was founded to hunt sea otter, provide food for similar settlements in Alaska and act as a trading post.

The Russians stayed until 1841, when the fort was sold to John Sutter of Sacramento.

The original windmill was one of two at Fort Ross. The second was to pound tanbark for oil used in leather tanning.

Ironically, the Fort Ross replica windmill is the only working Russian windmill in the world, fitted with two 200-year-old mill stones and the ability to actually use wind-power to grind the grain. The few windmills that have survived in Russia aren't operational, Umarov said.

There may be more projects at the fort, Umarov said. They may include a large cross for the Russian cemetery and reconstruction of the fort's well.
penguin

United States

#2 Oct 21, 2012
“The Russians brought language, some culture and some technology and built this windmill because people needed to be fed,” said Rinat Umarov, an official with the Link of Times Foundation, a Russian cultural and historic foundation.

“The Russians were here in peace and this windmill is a symbol of that peace,” he said.

Link of Times financed the $380,000 windmill, which was hand-made in Kirillov, Russia, then disassembled and shipped to Northern California to be reassembled at the park, located on the Sonoma Coast 12 miles north of Jenner.

The windmill was timed to be finished as part of the 200th anniversary of the fort's founding in 1812. It was a draw Saturday for visitors to the Fort Ross Harvest Festival.

“It looks pretty good. I have never seen one like this before. It is impressive,” said Howard Rosenberg of Antioch.

“It is fascinating,” said Linda Pixley of Denver, Colo.

Architect Anton Maltsev of the Restoration Centre in Moscow and architect Aleksander Popov, the center's director, took four months to build the windmill in Kirillov, a city where windmills had traditionally been built, using designs and techniques that evolved since 1100 AD.

“There is a huge amount of human intellect in this building, a huge amount of wisdom,” said Keith Alward of Alward Construction in Berkeley, who helped with the construction at Fort Ross.

The windmill took three weeks to reassemble and get it into operating shape, so it can actually be used to grind wheat into flour.

The windmill is hand-made of pine, spruce and birch, held together with wooden pegs and hand-forged fittings, with the architects using axes, adzes and drawknifes just as craftsmen would have 200 years ago.

“I think it is a real accomplishment to bring something from two centuries ago to the present,” Alward said.

The windmill is a unique, Russian-style “post mill” in which the entire mill house swivels around a central post to keep the vanes facing into the wind.

The original Fort Ross windmill was the first windmill constructed in California, built two years after the colony was founded to hunt sea otter, provide food for similar settlements in Alaska and act as a trading post.

The Russians stayed until 1841, when the fort was sold to John Sutter of Sacramento.

The original windmill was one of two at Fort Ross. The second was to pound tanbark for oil used in leather tanning.

Ironically, the Fort Ross replica windmill is the only working Russian windmill in the world, fitted with two 200-year-old mill stones and the ability to actually use wind-power to grind the grain. The few windmills that have survived in Russia aren't operational, Umarov said.

There may be more projects at the fort, Umarov said. They may include a large cross for the Russian cemetery and reconstruction of the fort's well.

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