Sherman Hines stands before the now working waterwheel of the restored gristmill in Sable River. Amy Woolvett photo
By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
The old gristmill in Sable River opened its doors temporarily as a showcase for local artists in the community after two years of reconstruction by owner and famed photographer Sherman Hines.
One of the first noticeable signs of life is the large waterwheel that has been replicated and brought back to working order.
Hines restored the building with his growing knowledge of resurrecting several old properties in past years.
“There were no big issues in the project,” Hines said with a laugh. “The only big issue of any restoration project is always money.”
The opening of the mill took place last week and once again the inside of the building was filled with people happily chatting and taking in the works of art and crafts that filled the room.
Artists displayed and sold their work including an eclectic mix of photography, paintings, pottery, hand spun wool, mosaic art and tole paintings that the many talents within the area created.
Hines hasn’t decided exactly what the restored building will in the long term but has some plans to rent out the space as a vacation property.
The mill will be open to the public on weekends.