Twiskemolen repair

In October 2016 a storm blew through and ripped the top off of our local windmill, the Twiskemolen. Abi and I walked past the windmill last week, and we saw the new crown sitting on the ground next to it, and a sign up nearby saying that the project was due for completion in May, so we knew it was going to be fixed soon. On my way back from driving Fiona to school this morning I spotted the top of a large crane in the distance. When I got home, I grabbed my camera and walked into het Twiske. I was too late to see them hoisting the new crown into place, but I was in time to see the second blade being mounted.

men watching twiske molen
I wasn’t the only one watching
Crane lifting the second blade

Dropping the second blade into position:

twiskemolen second blade dropping into position

twiskemolen second blade dropping into position

twiskemolen second blade dropping into position

Percussive adjustments:

twiskemolen hammering the second blade tight

twiskemolen hammering the second blade tight

For reference, this is what the wind did to the old blade. I think they’re planning to keep it on site as a memento.

twiskemolen blade bent by the force of the 2016 storm

twiskemolen blade bent by the force of the 2016 storm

Old and new together:

Twiskemolen with new blades mounted, and old blade in foreground
Oud en nieuw

I took some video of the blade being moved into place as well: