Windmill from the village of Petukhovo (museum «Khutor [homestead] Shchelkovo»)

Short description
The windmill from the village of Petukhovo (Gorodetsky district, Nizhny Novgorod region) was built around , was transported to the museum of wooden architecture "Homestead Schelkovo" (Nizhny Novgorod region) in 1970. Postbased mill with six sails and without millstones. Log construction. Unique details: whole building length rams, general architecture. Was used as a crushing mill (grain).

ConditionThe windmill is conserved
StatusMuseum exhibit
MechanismConserved, not restored
The following historical parts of the mechanism have been preserved:
Crushing system mechanism:
Mealspout, Mealspout, Mealspout.

News about the windmill (in Russian)
Проект реставрации:
Другие идеи реставрации:

Additional description
The mill of the Shchelkovsky khutor (farmstead) is unique. There is no other mill like this in Russia. And it is unique because of its function, i.e. this is the only known crushing mill without millstones. It means that the mill can crush the groats, but cannot grind the grain, because there are simply no millstones. But that's not all. The building is quite high, but four rams that perform the main mill function, go all the way through the entire building. And the overall architecture of this huge building standing on a small base (to lower the rotation friction) is impressive.

There is a project of renovation, functional restoration and even transportation of the mill to a windy place (now it is on a forested slope), but it has been postponed, apparently for financial reasons. The mill is conserved, and the visitors are not allowed to go inside the museum.

Another small remark. As we know from our experience, such mills may have four or six sails.

Pay attention to the square hole next to the windshaft of the mill. Such a hole can be found only in two other mills, i.e. Kostroma inverted post-based mill with a porch behind the barn and a smock from Srednaya Medlesha in Malye Korely. These are the only three mills in which the front windshaft bearing cannot be reached from the side from the porch. For its maintenance they climbed out onto a small (it collapsed already) platform/balcony area through this square hole.