Windmill at Zaanse Schans

Original Watercolor & Casein, 15″ x 22″
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Only 20 minutes from downtown Amsterdam, the village of Zaanse Schans has preserved, operating windmills and houses that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. This mill, which was also home for a large family, uses the force of wind to power a large band saw converting logs to boards. Only when standing next to the massive, wooden, 12-inch thick, twirling blades, does one appreciate the power generated by one of these historic machines. The mills were adapted for multiple uses including: pumping water from lowlands into rivers beyond the dikes, making flour from grain, pressing oil from seeds, sawing wood for ship building, and grinding dyes and chalk to produce paint pigments.

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