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This molen was developed in the Zaan district about 1600, where sawmills and the timber trade were established. Timber arrived on rafts, remaining in the water a long time prior to being sawed. The paltrokmolen was always situated along a water front.

 Due to their long length, the logs would project on either side of the mill. As a result, a platform and roof were located on both sides of the mill body.

Inside the mill were several floors. From bottom to top, was the sawing floor, frame floor, "empty floor," crank floor (where the crankshaft was located) and the top floor.

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