B. F. Clyde's Old Cider Mill Vintage by Debbie Robbins

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Paint.NET used with layering here for my fav place B.F.Clydes…

Texture applied and tweaked…
SkeletalMess Texture

Old Mystic, CT… USA

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BF Clyde’s Cider Mill (1898)
Old Mystic, CT

Clyde’s mill is a rare survivor of a once-commonplace seasonal rural industry. Until recently a cider mill could be found in every community where apples were grown. In the fall, mills converted the fruit of the orchard into drink just as the grist mill converted the grain into flour.

Although cider was produced on individual farms for private use, the centrally located mill became popular for farmers who would sell surplus apples to the mill and bring back the juice to ferment into hard cider. In 1881 Benjamin Clyde began pressing his apples at local mills and soon rented his own press. In 1897 he purchased the mill and installed the screw press from Boomer & Boschert of Syracuse. Boomer and Boschert also supplied the apple grater, apple elevator, and cider pump, as well as the plans for the building.

Although cider making has changed little over the centuries, this mill featured a sophisticated method of grinding and a press capable of applying pressure at three speeds. Using all steel construction, it was considered the finest screw cider press ever made. The cider mill at B.F. Clyde’s also represents one of the final screw presses. In the 20th century, the hydraulic press came into widespread use.
The mill has stayed in the family and is currently owned and operated (seasonally) by Benjamin’s grandson, John K. Bucklyn.

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  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done, Cookie. EXCELLENT WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oh Jan!!! thanks so very much. I do love this piece… It is a personal goal I have achieved thanks to dear friends here on RB… :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 4 years ago

    See, now I need to know how YOU did THAT. Did you erase some of the texture off of the face of the building, how did you get it to look so clean? I think you’ve got the hang of it, don’t know what look you were going for, but this is kind of what I have been trying to do, but can’t. A++++ Debbie!

  • Chris, I DID NOT erase anything!!! This is exactly what I was going for girl… So many thanks for your awesome comment!!! ♥

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful job Cookie…you make me proud!!! :-)

  • Yippee!!!!!!! lol thanks Dawn!!!!

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 4 years ago

    Okay, now you have to go back and texture every thing you’ve uploaded! LOL
    I’m warning you, your images will feel naked without them, hahaha you are hooked girly girl!!!

  • Don’t ya just love the helpful people here on RB???? teehee ♥♥

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 4 years ago

    Yes I do, absolutely!

  • Great site RB… so very glad I found it!!!!! :)))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Karen… A personal goal achievement… :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    Awesome layering………..does this place sell apple cider? ;-))

  • YES.. and much much more!!!! I have INFO and other side shots on the same photo down a few more in my portfolio…. I was using this shot for a texturing exercise… lol

    – Debbie Robbins

  • I will be passing by there this week on my way to my hometown to see my Mom… my Camera will be with me… I will try to get some even better shots this year… :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Great capture and wonderful treatment, Cookie! The gears shot is interesting, too!

  • Such an interesting place Dot… Thanks for your comment. I have been struggling with the texture treatments for a while… I am very happy with this outcome… Yes, those gears are HUGE!!!!! ha

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Beautifully done

  • Oh thanks so very much Shulie… :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 4 years ago

    Well done cookie,fav.

  • Many thanks for that Warren!!! :)))) cheers

    – Debbie Robbins

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