Sometimes it takes someone halfway around the world to show you something cool in your own backyard. In this case, it’s Ben’s Mill, a water-powered wood mill in Vermont that has been cranking since 1836, and the subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary. And I heard about it from a post on the Australia-based Smith Journal website.
Though I’m pretty much against damming up rivers (see Patagonia's Damnation documentary), I respect the tradition and hard work that’s gone into keeping this mill going. I’d love to see it in action some day. Check out Smith Journal’s longer post here and visit the Ben’s Mill site here.