By letter

N

Naff
see NAVE.
Nailbourne
see WINTERBOURNE.
Nave
The central casting of a wheel holding axle and spokes. See also HUB.
Neb
A two-wheeled timber bob for carting timber. Also known as a JIGGER.
Neck
see NECK of WINDSHAFT.
Neck Bearing
(1) The front main BEARING of a WINDSHAFT, resting on a BREAST BEAM. (2) BEARING in the centre of a BEDSTONE.
Neck Boss
see NECK BRASS.
Neck Box
see NECK BEARING(2).
Neck Brass
The brass BEARING carrying the WINDSHAFT neck JOURNAL. A brass NECK BEARING(1).
Neck Journal
see NECK BEARING.
Neck Of Stone Spindle
The upper JOURNAL of the STONE SPINDLE, where it passes through the EYE of the BEDSTONE.
Neck Of Windshaft
The front JOURNAL bearing of the WINDSHAFT revolving in the NECK BEARING.
Neck Studs
Upright bars on the BREAST BEAM which hold the neck bearing in position. Also called WEATHER STUDS.
Needle Mill
A water-powered manufactury in which wire is used to make, polish and sharpen sewing needles and like items.
Nether Stone
see BED STONE.
New Process
The process of high milling used in the USA before the introduction of the modern roller mill.
Newsprint
Name applied to paper for printing newspapers. It is the cheapest type made.
Nib
The domed protrusion (or extension) on the top of a STONE SPINDLE which engages with a dimple on the underside of the BRIDGE to locate and support a RUNNER STONE.
Nick-Point
Where a stream is constricted and the water velocity is increased.
Nip
The gap between rolls in a corning machine.
Nipple
The domed top of a stone spindle designed to locate in the dimple of the BRIDGE-BAR. Same as COCKHEAD (Kent).
Noggin
Horizontal piece set between studding or roof rafters, to stiffen the framework.
Noria Wheel
UNDERSHOT WATERWHEEL, for lifting water for irrigation by means of containers attached to periphery of the wheel. Also known as PERSIAN WHEEL, WHEEL OF POTS or IRRIGATION WHEEL.
Norse Mill
see HORIZONTAL MILL.
Norway Engine
An early term for the water-powered frame saw.
Nose Helve
A TILT HAMMER in which the cams lift the HELVE at a point beyond the hammer head (c.f.: BELLY HELVE).
Nose Helve Hammer
The cams lift the helve at a point beyond the hammer head.
Notch Block
see MANY HEIGHT.
N/P Powder
Black-powder made with nitrate of potash.
N/S Powder
Black-powder made with nitrate of soda.
Nut
A small driven COGWHEEL or GEAR WHEEL such as a STONE NUT.
Nut Head Screw
A coach screw.