As with all industries, Milling brings with it a host of technical terms that may or may not be familiar to the average person. Some terms are straight forward having meanings that are fairly obvious . . .
Grain hopper: a hopper above the vat which holds the grain to be milled
Meanwhile others are a little trickier. For instance, you might assume that a ‘Mill bill’ is a statement that notes what a patron owes the Mill, but actually it is defined as ‘a chisel ended tool used for dressing or sharpening the grinding surface of a millstone.’ Here are a few of our favorite tricky terms:
Shroud: the rim of a water wheel which forms the sides of the bucket enclosures.
Shoe: a tapered trough that feeds grain into the eye of the runner stone for grinding and then between the two millstones.
Eye: the center hole in a millstone
Dresser: a person who works on the millstone furrows. Also a name for the machine that bolts or sifts flour.