Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Mill has arrived

The Mill has finally arrived.

When it first left Austria for Tasmania, Australia, it was mistakenly sent to Tanzania. Its records show a journey that involved passage through Denmark, East Midlands, UK, Leipzig, Germany, back to East Midlands(?), London's Heathrow, Sydney, AU, to Hobart, Tasmania... and then
Hobart to
Melbourne onto a ship bound for Long Beach, CA. Other items on the boat with the Mill: stamped metal coins/tokens; safety products; personal effects; vine labels; Zusralian canned abalone; Zustralian wine; drum of parsley herb oil; craftwares; ergologics corkscrew; screw compressor; machine parts returned to supplier; saltwater spares...

Upon arrival in Long Beach, the Mill was put through numerous examinations before it was placed onto a railcar, bonded, for Charlotte, NC. It took only 5 days for the Mill to cross this country by rail, but the check from NCSU to pay for all the processing and shipping charges took 10 days to get to Long Beach, so the customs warehouse in Charlotte kept the Mill hostage, until the check finally arrived. The NC Research Stations arranged to have the Mill picked up. The Salisbury Station did the initial pick up and brought it back to the Station, and then the Waynesville Station came with a flatbed rollback. We all expected the Mill to have been in a crate, but no, it was just on a pallet, exposed for all to see as they drove from Salisbury all the way to Asheville.

What a sight.


  1. This is awesome. How exciting. We've been doing small scale seedcrushing at Piedmont Biofuels, and so far I've crushed muscadine grape seed, sunflower, canola, coffee, trifoliate citrus, evening primrose, castor beans... It's a lot of fun, but maybe not as exciting as stone ground flours! Can I tour it sometime?

    Chris Jude
    Pittsboro, NC

  2. Sounds really interesting.
    We are not quite ready to give tours, but once we are, I will let folks know through the blog. cheers! jl

  3. actually, you haven't lived till you've had fresh pressed Pumpkin Seed Oil on fresh baked bread...