THE ENERGY IN THE MILL GOES ROUND AND ROUND

by Jnana Hodson

Uniform gears were in their own right a technological industrial advance.

Uniform gears were in their own right a technological industrial advance.

 

Much of the energy was transmitted overhead.

Much of the energy was transmitted overhead.

 

Energy transferred from running water powered New England manufacturing via arrangements of pulleys, shafts, gears, and leather belts, especially.

Leather, flexible as it was, could be prone to breaking, and so special techniques for splicing and connecting the strips into loops developed over the years.

When everything was running, by the way, the interior of a mill could be surprisingly noisy. The whole building would shake.

Leather belts were an essential part of the operation.

Leather belts were an essential part of the enterprise.

 

Here's how it could look in operation, as seen in the Wilkinson Mill, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Here’s how it could look in operation, as seen in the Wilkinson Mill, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

 

The metal hooks could be quite varied, depending on their intended application.

The metal hooks could be quite varied, depending on their intended application.

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