Water wheel powering a machine for making cloth

Water wheel powering a machine for making cloth

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Caption: Water powered machinery. Water wheel (at left) powering machinery used to make cloth. The wheel powers the machinery through a shaft which has cams on it. The machinery is used to full cloth, beating it in order to clean and thicken it. Image taken from Kunstliche Abriss allerhand Wasser- Wind- Ross- und Handt Mullen (1617) by J. de Strada.

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Keywords: cloth, cloth fulling, energy, fulling, historical, history of science, technology, water, water power, water powered, water wheel, wheel

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