Dressing a Millstone
The grooves carved in the face, or grinding surface of a millstone, are called furrows. These perform the important functions of distributing and cutting the grain, preparing it for grinding action which occurs on the flat places, known as lands.
Millstones were dressed by hand with special picks- each steady stroke removing a tiny chip from the stone. This was a tedious process that could easily take several days depending on the size and condition of the millstones.
Notice the different styles of dressing patterns on the stones around you. Each was carved into the stones in a very precise and methodical way. Preferred patterns were passed down from one generation of millers to another and the question of which was best was much discussed and argued.
Location. 37° 5.05′ N, 84°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where did Millstones Come From? (here, next to this marker); Millstones Through The Ages (within shouting distance of this marker); "The people went and gathered it and ground it in mills." (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Boone's Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurel County (approx. ¼ mile away); CSA Returns to Tenn. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wilderness Road Inn (approx. 1.2 miles away); Modrel's Station (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London.
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