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The Hermitage Series - Miniature Isle Aux Coudres Windmill in Quebec Province - Handmade HO Scale Building

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Bewilder and Pine presents "The Hermitage - The Isle Aux Coudres Windmill", a handmade and hand-painted miniature, HO scale Canadian Country Windmill that is meant as an invitation to step through a window in time.

Fashioned after the historic windmill on the Isle Aux Coudres in Quebec, this handmade original is a simple and austere reminder of the necessity for solitude and for simple pleasures and peace within your daily life.

Borrowing from the old stone houses and windmills found in villages of the 1800's, this little hermitage windmill is completely hand made from premium polymer clay, textured and hand painted in traditional stone colors and "weathered". It's stone facade is meticulously detailed and the large wooden door is accented with a 9 pane window and heavy frame.

The sails of the windmill are handmade too from scale lumber and hand painted

This little windmill reminds me of the simpler aspects of life. So much of what we create today is just not an improvement over the old ways of life in my view. We are more efficient and more productive but I believe we are further from the earth and from the connection to it with each new innovation. A loss of craft, artisan ways and a simpler life.

The windmill can be used as a personal reminder upon an altar or a mantle or, since it has been intentionally constructed at HO scale size, it can be used with other buildings in the modeling of HO scale railroads and scenes.

The windmill does NOT turn.

The Hermitage Windmill of Isle Aux Coudres stands 7 1/2" tall (at the top of the sails) and is 6" wide by 2 3/4 inches deep. The building itself is 6 1/4inches tall and 2 1/4 inches wide.


The Isle Aux Coudres Windmill

The Isle-aux-Coudres is located in the St. Lawrence River three kilometers from it's north shore.

In 1815, famine struck because there were no efficient grain mills on the island. The inhabitants often had to go to Baie-Saint-Paul or Les Éboulements, in spite of the dangerous canoe crossings.

In 1825, the Séminaire de Québec, Who had lordly rights over the island, agreed to the building of a water mill. Over the years, however, the water mill proved to be inefficient, so a windmill was built on the same site in 1836. In 1850, the Séminaire de Québec sold both mills to private concerns.

Several owners subsequently operated them, including Marie-Anne Desmeules who took over after the death of her first husband.

Until the early 1900s, both mills were in operation, and complemented each other. The arrival of large flour mills marked the new century and caused a progressive change in the types of crops. Land and sea transportation greatly improved and traditional flour mills gradually became obsolete.

Because it was no longer profitable, the water mill was transformed into a sawmill around 1920. It was in operation until 1948. The water mill and the windmill were respectively designated as historic monuments by the Québec ministère des Affaires culturelles (now ministère de la Culture et des Communications) in 1962 and 1963.

In the 1980s, the mills were restored, keeping in mind their original characteristics. Both are once again operational. Over 500 000 people have visited the site since it opened to the public in 1982!

In 1996, the mills joined the International Economuseum Network Society. As Milling Museums, they strive to preserve old-time know-how and crafts and offer visitors a cultural and innovative product.


“I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind”
Albert Einstein


***This listing is for***

-*- One hermitage windmill building
-*- One HO scale figure- choose from: French Farm figure Traveler with Luggage, Period costumed woman, Franciscan monk or Country Nun (specify with your order) Extra figures can be purchased too. convo us for pricing.

If you are looking for a more complete scene as pictured in some of the photos, CONVO us! We can easily include and customize other figures, planters, a custom landscaped stand/ with a pathway, etc with bushes, grass and trees, These take time to build so allow extra time for those customizations. The building, as listed, is ready to ship

We will also list your commission, once complete, and if it does not suit you, there is no obligation to purchase it.

Any of the other hermitage buildings are available as a separate listing in the shop and we offer a discount for the purchase of more than one if you Inquire via convo!***


The Hermitage Series - Miniature Isle Aux Coudres Windmill in Quebec Province - Handmade HO Scale Building


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  • Materials: polymer clay, acrylic paint, wood, model landscape materials
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