Photo entry — Windmill by Cheryl H.

Caption: My dad built this windmill. The balance of the blades is ‘pert near’ perfect, with no detectable wobble. The tail is a silver tea service platter pounded flat with the ornate rim cut off. With the slightest breeze that thing starts turning and producing voltage.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

37 thoughts on “Photo entry — Windmill by Cheryl H.”

  1. I guess it's not real clear where you're supposed to vote. I guess leave a reply or click comment and say "she gets my vote"!

    1. Great job, I love the ‘pert near’ perfect description. I hope you can get the batteries soon before the world falls apart.

  2. Love the picture and the fact that your Dad was Able to re purpose things. Does your windmill generate power?

    1. It definitely produces more than enough voltage. Right now waiting for the funds to get the batteries needed to finish the system. Have everything else…pretty much. Will also be tying in about 8 50-60watt solar panels to the system.

  3. I already voted on a picture that was the only one posted when I voted on the 6th. Your windmill is the best, though!

  4. Our dad is so awesome. I think he can build or fix just about anything. So blessed to have him as our dad. Of course you have my vote!!!

  5. Love the windmill. It reminds me of something my grand father would have made. He was an old “engineer without a degree”.

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