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I made the windmill out of mild steel. It has a bearing, allowing it to turn easily with the wind. The pond is made out of concrete and there is a submersible pump that sucks water out of the pond and through the spout of the windmill.

This thing is mesmerizing, you can stare at it for hours on end!
This will be great as part of a hydroponic system, not requiring a electrical waterpump.<br>great idea
This is really nice. I was trying to build something similar to aerate my backyard pond (repurposed 100-gallon stock tank) a few years ago but lacked the skills to make it work. Maybe I'll have another try at it.
Since I don't weld I stand in AWE!! I'd love details on how you did this, as I'd like to do something similar in wood.
Thanks for your comment.<br><br>I guess it's possible to make one out of wood, the benefit of steel is that it will last longer - I live in Johannesburg, South Africa and with our weather, wood suffers without almost constant maintenance.<br><br>It was a little tricky setting up and getting all the blades welded to a thin wire guide at the same angle (or as close as possible).<br><br>The next biggest challenge was finding a bearing that would allow the slightest breeze to turn the windmill.<br><br>You could look at building a hybrid, using steel bearings for the core of the head of the windmill.<br><br>Good luck - I'd like to see the finished product!
Yeah that what I'd been thinking was the Core would be metal but use Wood for the Blades.

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