Quern stone

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grenfell
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Quern stone

Post by grenfell » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:50 am

Not mine but made by a friend of mine who is a very good stonemason . Just the thing for when all the power has gone. Good for building muscles too as it requires quite a time to make enough flour. He made this one for a customer although didn't say why and then thought I might know others who might be interested. He was thinking more re-enactors rather than off gridders or preppers .
https://video-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t42 ... 65C81&dl=1

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5C5FA21A

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5C626C5C

Edit , sorrry the video doesn't seem to work for me , only about 25 seconds long and showing the stone in "action".

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Arwen Thebard
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Re: Quern stone

Post by Arwen Thebard » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:48 pm

Looks like you have a very talented and skilled friend.
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Deeps
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Re: Quern stone

Post by Deeps » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:04 pm

They would cost a fortune to 'pop in the post. :o

Look good though and yeah, something that resonates with me.

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Re: Quern stone

Post by grenfell » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:09 am

Would cost a bit to post I would think , it weights a shade over 12KG .
The cost of the actual stone would be £340 which I think for the time and craftsmanship that has gone into , and the stone of course , is a pretty good price. The flip side is that it's possible to pick them up cheaper as imports from parts of the world where they are still more common albeit quite often used and worn . As a prep for a long term loss of power , and we arre talking a really long time as in possibility having the time to grow the grain to use one would have to balance factors such as cost against the likelihood of it being called into use.
Even for myself as a re-enactor I would need to think about this . They had fallen out of use in this country by the 13th century largely because farmers had to have flour milled by the lord of the manors own mills for which he took a toll. So in a strict historical sense a quern would be inaccurate although it's been considered as a " have a go" type of thing where public are invited to try and see just how much effort is required for say a small handful of grain .
Anyone interested here's a short piece about milling,
https://millsarchive.org/explore/featur ... ling/11666

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