June 8th, 2013, 15:40
A wonderful blast from the past. Thanks.
As much as I loved the steam engine, I was taken with the Surely Up to Code electrical to the wood burner!
There was an episode of This Old House in which a trip to a shutter mill in New Hampshire which was run from a water wheel horizontally mounted in the stream. All the late 19th and early 20th century machines were driven by enormous belts which were moved from one large pulley wheel to another with a large pole to change power from machine to machine.
OSHA was avoided simply because all employees were members of the same family, and OSHA therefore had no jurisdiction. Had an inspector happened into the factory, he would have passed out!!!
It was wonderful! I'll see if I can hunt it down.