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Adobe Windmills — 8 Comments

  1. Hello Sir.
    How to have a contact with the Iranian researcher Mostafa Aref Haghi, to have of advantage of information about mills in earth(ground)

    Jacquy CAYN
    25, allée du Petit Arcachon
    33610 CANEJAN
    FRANCE

    • I’m not sure what you’re asking. All we’re doing is reporting on interesting stories. You’ll have to hunt down the details on your own.

  2. The roof is probably made with brick. I believe it’s called boveda catalana (brick roof) in Spanish. Here’s one of numerous videos at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiEQBboDE7s This would require a reinforced concrete bond beam.

    Brick roofs have been covered on our blog before. I did a quick search on timbrel vaults and found two previous blog posts: https://naturalbuildingblog.siterubix.com/tag/timbrel-roof/

    You could build one windmill and one room for grinding grain, and then expand as the operation becomes profitable. That’s probably what they did.

    Note the built-in steps and thick walls that flare out at the bottom.

    • Just when you thought you’d seen it all. Ha! Note how this is a proven concept, not just some wild idea. Improve the windmills with stronger and lighter materials, ball bearings, more efficient blade design, etc. and it should be much more practical.

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