Mason Maddon, the miller at Colvin Run, demonstrated the process of dressing mill stones as part of the Colvin Run Historic Mill Symposium 2006. The paint staff is rubbed around the face of the mill stone leaving red paint on the uneven sections. Leaning against a sack of flour, the mill chisel is constantly striking the stone in innumerable furrows in intricate fashion.
A more 'modern' dressing tool
Colvin Run Mill. Great Falls VA
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