Windmill from the village of Stary Kiek (museum «Isakovo»)

Short description
The windmill from the village of Stary Kiek (Vysokogorsky district, Republic of Tatarstan) was built in 1943, was transported to the interactive museum "Isakovo" (Republic of Tatarstan) in 2009. Smock mill with four sails and one pair of millstones. Log construction. Was used as a flour mill (flour).

ConditionThe windmill is restored
StatusMuseum exhibit
MechanismRestored and regularly grinds flour, come for a meal!

Additional description
According to the stories, this mill was built in 1943 during the war. Now it is one of the six both historical and operating mills. More information about the mill can be found here. We did not list the historical parts of the mechanism for the following reason: in general, the main element of a smock mill is a vertical shaft, which is connected to the windshaft at the top and to the pair of millstones at the bottom. However, apparently, in the Kiek mill, the vertical shaft is at the same time a long spindle approaching the runner stone from above, as in post-based mills. If this is really so, then, apparently, this difference with the conventional design results from the time of construction. In addition, although it is said everywhere that the mill is working, in the pictures there is no wooden casing of the millstones, i.e. either a vat or a tray, so it is unclear where the flour goes.

We would like to look at the gears in detail, please send us the pictures if you have any!

Also in some sources it is said that some Chuvash mill was used as a “donor” for the mill mechanism. Which one? That’s what is interesting to find out.