Whippletree’s contractor customer was employed to reconstruct the cap for the windmill at Longdon near Rugeley in Staffordshire. The Design Engineer was very particular about the age and dryness of the large Oak sections use as stability was of prime importance to avoid the need for ongoing maintenance.
The main frame was constructed using large fully seasoned sections up to 350x350. All timbers had to be guaranteed six-year air dried seasoned and in addition, guaranteed English Oak and therefore full traceability was required to be provided and certified. This also included the very wide 100mm thick boards used to cut out and laminate the circular ‘kerb’ plate for the cap to rotate on.
Part of our national heritage was restored to its former glory with the full confidence that with minimal movement in the main structural Oak members, there will be very little ongoing adjustment or maintenance required.
Design Engineer - Bonwick Milling Heritage Consultancy | Contractor - Owlsworth WP | Oak Supplier – Whippletree | Whippletree’s Technical Department