Working in the summer on the peat press, in winter on the drawing board
The Erwin Wulfes peat press was built in 1969 to allow peat to be processed on the spot. The processing machine was designed, built and installed by Erwin Wulfes (Fig. 2).
The peat was moved under the building in trolleys (Fig. 3) and tipped into a funnel with the aid of a winch. A conveyor belt transported the peat to the mill. The bucket elevator (Fig. 4) transferred the fine mass into a temporary storage bunker or directly onto a lorry. From here, it was taken for filling in loosely filled sacks. Alternatively, peat bales could be manufactured in a single-shaft press. Slats and wire stabilised the bails (Fig. 5) for transport.
Later, a precisely tailored three-shaft rotary press – a one-off unit – was installed under the bucket elevator. A finished bail could be removed and an empty sack fitted at the same time. The next shaft was used to fill peat. Peat was pressed in the third shaft. The peat bails were sealed with a sewing machine and either put into temporary storage in the bail loft, or loaded directly onto lorries or Unimog or tractor trailers for sale.
Peat was cut in the summer months. In the winter months, peat processing machines were designed and build for clients in Germany, Norway, Finland and Ireland (Figs. 6-8).
In 2012 our founding member and sponsor Erwin Wulfes donated to the society the press, the property, the sum of money deposited with the district council as a guarantee of the obligation to restore the land to its natural state, and additional donations totalling more than € 20,000 to enable us to complete the development of the museum.