The Millwright’s Apprentice

Newlin Grist Mill Shop

Back in the Shop at Last!

Newlin Grist Mill Shop

Last week, those of us who work in the Millwright Shop finally got back to work on the water wheel and flume. While the site is still closed, one or two of us will be working there a few days a week.

We’re being as careful as possible while still making progress. We hope to have the wheel and flume projects completed by the time the current pandemic has receded, so that we can have a functioning mill again.

Newlin Grist Mill Shop

I came back in to get some work done on the joinery for the wheel.

Newlin Grist Mill Shop

Each rim board is connected by a saddle-joint, which is basically a diamond-shaped half lap. This locks each piece together and keeps them from racking against each other.

Newlin Grist Mill Shop

We have to repeat this joint eight times on each side of the wheel and make sure that they’re precisely spaced so as to not interfere with the buckets, which will stretch between both sides.

That’s all for now, but as we continue our progress I’ll make sure to keep everyone updated here. And we’ll still be doing our live-stream on Saturdays, so check out Newlin Grist Mill’s Facebook page for info on that!

As always, I would normally invite everyone to come visit us in the Millwright Shop, but it’s currently closed due to COVID-19. We will be continuing to post here on the blog, and we’ll be doing more Facebook Live videos, so be sure to follow us on Facebook. Stay safe and check back here next week!

If you’d like to take the next step and get involved in the shop once this has all calmed, please contact us at:


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Additional Note

Newlin Grist Mill’s trails are open!

There are a few changes you need to be aware of before you visit:

  1. Open hours are 7am to 5pm. New gates have been installed at the entrance to Newlin Grist Mill. These gates will be unlocked at 7am and locked at 5pm daily. Please keep this in mind when visiting the park.
  2. Repair work is ongoing and not all trails are currently open. While the worst of the damage has been repaired, use caution and please be mindful of marked trails that remain closed while repairs continue.
  3. The parking lot by the log cabin will remain closed or partially blocked off, as we continue to work on completing repairs.
  4. Restrooms, visitor center, and historic buildings are still closed. Please be patient as we work to rebuild the visitor center and make repairs to our historic buildings.
  5. Please be respectful of our staff and volunteers as they work on repairs throughout the park.