Molema Millwrights | Bert Bulder | Havenga Construction

Building Windmill De Immigrant in Fulton, Illinois

February 10, 1999

Heiligerlee, The Netherlands - Since I was there at the beginning of last month, parking space outside the Molema workshop dramatically increased. Inside the workshop though... Well, please go and, virtually, see for yourself.

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

About half of the enormous pieces of bilinga wood now lie piled up inside the Molema workshop waiting for further processing. This, while the other half begins to show the outlines of the future octagonal framing  of the Fulton windmill. You can get an idea of the dimensions by comparing the worker's shapes to (only part of) the bilinga structure.

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

The mill's octagonal framing structure is the main part of the interior of a windmill.

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

Over the recent weeks the Molemas and their staff have transformed mere pieces of lumber into highly exact puzzle pieces that will eventually be assembled, disassembled and assembled once more on site in Fulton to create the octagonal frame.

By virtue of his seniority, Mr. Cornelis Molema's main job is advise, supervision, double-checking and sharing his extensive knowledge. Here he is about to determine the "cut angle" the other members of the team will use to process this bilinga beam to fit others within the complete framework.

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

While the other two associates, Erik Ufkens...

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

and Guus Zantinga...

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

with the help of their experienced staff...

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

use electrical equipment and traditional mill builder's equipment...

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il

to create the main octagonal frame of the Fulton windmill.

Building Windmill De Immigrant Fulton Il