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Putty Mixer

By jonwebber
Thwaite's Mill, as Barbs has told us, made putty in the later years of its commercial life. This is a little less than one half of one of the mixing machines there. Scale is a bit difficult, but the wheel is about two and a half feet diameter and it is rolling around in a bowl about six feet diameter. This is on the first floor of the mill, that whole contraption was spinning at a fair old rate and the floor vibrating quite heavily . . .
I am glad I never had to work there. Hand held, leaning on a pillar, available light.

Tags: Photo journalism Industrial Putty mixer

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mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
19 May 2012 1:00PM
I was always amazed as a kid watching these glaziers at work.
They would take a lump of putty in their hand,and sqeeze it out like toothpaste to put the glass in.
I never gave it much thought how putty was made,so an interesting shot here.

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
19 May 2012 1:02PM
Lovely capture of movement in this.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
19 May 2012 1:24PM
Mikbee has explained what putty is for-- Fascinating to see how it is made---good job getting the camera to focus on this image! (movement)
19 May 2012 1:42PM
The light catching the inside face of the drum has allowed the capture of movement very well Jon and I can almost smell the linseed oil as I type this

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
19 May 2012 2:10PM
You really have caught the movement so well
and Like Graham I can smell it now
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
19 May 2012 3:02PM
You could have rotated this through 90 to the left and entitled it 'Flat Spin'. Well, almost!
An intriguing subject with the movement well captured.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
19 May 2012 4:08PM
That's an impressive piece of kit, and the movement brings it alive.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1792 United Kingdom
19 May 2012 6:24PM
Simpler than Barbs' ...
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 May 2012 11:26PM
you live and learn, never seen a putty mill before.
The head on shot shows a very intrestingly inclined axle, wonder what the shape of the horizontal wheel is like? concave to push it outward? or the same as the upper wheel?

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