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12B Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter nic Windmill sterdam visit inspires Quincy man to build windmills Laura Beaten Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Retired railroad worker Wayne Benedict, 83, was in- spired by one of Holland's most recognizable icons, the windmill, while visiting Am- sterdam about 25 years ago. A windmill is a machine that uses wind power to gen- erate rotational energy, which can then be used to turn a grinding wheel or oth- er mechanical device, such as a water pump. In Holland, where approxi- mately a quarter of the land lies below sea level, it is be- lieved windmills have been used since before the 12th century. , In 1740 at Kinderdijk, 19 windmills driving scoop wheels were built to remove water from a polder, or low- lying land enclosed by em- bankments (dikes). The windmills scooped wa- ter from low to higher ground and from there into the rivers at appropriate, advan- tageous locations. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands and is one of the best-known, Dutch tourist sites. Benedict became interested in these iconic structures and decided he would try to fabri- cate one back home in East Quincy. Averaging nearly one windmill per year, Benedict has built many different sizes and styles of these early wind power generating devices. Most of Benedict's wind- mills feature a concrete base, which is helpful in keeping the windmill anchored se- curely to the ground. -The bottom portion of the windmill he generally con- st~ucts from plywood, then covers over with mortar and tile. Benedict constructs the up- per portion out of plywood or aluminum sheets, to which he affixes shingles or clap- board siding. Most of his windmills also feature decking built about halfway up the windmill, and some feature additional deck- ing around the base. Benedict fabricates moving sails, which actually turn While mounted atop the wind- mills. The final task is to paint the 4- to 6-foot windmills, of- ten in traditional Dutch col- ors of red, white and blue. Benedict also favors green and yellow. The top of a working post windmill must rotate in or- der to catch the Wind. In northern Europe, the wind is variable and can come from many different directions, ne- cessitating a shift in the di- rection of the sails. Most windmills have four sails, although some may haveeight or more. Begin- ning around the late 18th cen- tury, fantails were added, en- abling the sails to self-adjust to the wind's direction. About a hundred years lat- er, improvements had been made and now the sails, made of wooden slats, could be adjusted to control the amount of wind captured. As the technology im- proved, the efficiency and ca- pability of the windmills greatly improved also. Wind power continues" to be one of the soundest eco-friendly en- ergy sources available. Benedict has tried his hand at other crafts as well. He built a horse out of a 55-gal- Ion drum and stovepipe for a friend who had seen a similar sculpture and wanted one for herself. Wayne Benedict stands behind a windmill in his East Quincy backyard Nov. 21. Benedict began building windmills about 25 years ago after a trip to Holland inspired him to fabricate the sculptures that have working blades, or sails, and fine details. VERY A while later, the friend de- cided her horse was too lone- ly, and asked Benedict to build her a cow, which he did. John D:ere Equipment for 60 months* 27hp,4x4,3001oader on 60" Box Scraper Benedict has also con- structed a 10-foot Ferris wheel, a carousel, an approxi- mately 3-foot-long trolley car and a 24-foot wrought iron gate. Another project Benedict has enjoyed is rebuilding a 1958 Forward Control Jeep 150. The four-cylinder re- stored jeep won a blue ribbon for Benedict at this summer's Plumas-Sierra County Fair. Benedict is a great example of an active man who uses his welding, carpentry, mechani- cal, painting and other skills to create functional works of art while enjoying himself and staying sharp-witted. list price =1042 NOW =419 only with tractor loader purchase 3005 Compact Tractor or 3320 Compact Tractor This upside-down windmill is being repaired by creator i : with your choice of: Wayne Benedict, 83, in his East Quincy garage workshop. 2 60" Rear blade The weather takes a toll on :: : Benedict's versions of : ;~ list price =717 NOW =21995 Holland's iconic windmills, still in use today for various purposes, including grinding or grains and pumping water. Photos by Laura Beaten 332O 4x4, 300x loader with 60" bucket ' Frontier Equipment: - 1 64" Rear mounted snow blower I ' , Reg=2747 NOW$1995 I _.] ] 74" Rear mounted snow blower I ' Reg s3454 NOW $276 J 60" Rotary Cutter Mower / Reg=2009 N0W$1595/ iV " front & rear chains & slip clutch I 72" Rotary Cutter Mower I \ I Beg=2339 NOW$1895I front & rear chains & slip clutch I tl OPEN Mon-Fri 8-5 pm Hwy 299E Offer ends O2/28/2013. Subject to approved credit on Revolving plan, a service of John Deere Financial, f.s.b. Some restrictions apply; other special rates and terms may be available, so see your dealer for details and other financing options. Available at participating dealers. Prices and models may vary by dealer. Clingin9 leaves wznrer s grasp A lone maple tree at Feather River College clingsto its leaves despite a spate of November storms in this Nov. 20 photo. The mostly yellow leaves are accompanied by a few splashes of red and some green leaves that apparently are not yet ready to call it quits. Photo by Laura Beaten