Bikanin’s windmill from the village of Volkostrov (museum «Kizhi»)

Short description
Bikanin's windmill from the village of Volkostrov (Medvezhyegorsk district, Republic of Karelia) was built in 1928, was transported to the museum of wooden architecture "Kizhi" (Republic of Karelia) in 1961. Postbased mill with eight sails and one pair of millstones. Log construction. Unique details: eight sails, external support of the windshaft. Was used as a flour mill (flour), a crushing mill (grain).

ConditionThe windmill is restored
StatusMuseum exhibit
MechanismRestored, but not used

Additional description
Northern Kizhi mills are one of the most famous mills in the country. The main resource is here.

This mill is practically the sister of the second Kizhi mill from the village of Voroniy Island.

We would like to add that there are a lot of interesting ideas in this mill: one-log tailpole, coming out from under the barn; eight sails that make four through holes in the windshaft, which results in a longer outer part of the windshaft, which is therefore supported by an external construction. Once the windshaft is fixed from two sides, it must be lubricated from both sides as well. For this reason, the external construction has a ladder. The windshaft is simultaneously a shaft for the crushing system with preserved (restored) rams, shins and, most importantly, the crushing bank.