A water powered tilt-hammer incense mill

Further to Dan Waters article “A Joss-stick Mill in Tsuen Wan” published August 26 2013

Here is a photograph of a water powered tilt-hammer used in crushing the production of incense. It is taken from a 1952 book “Hong Kong” by Harold Ingrams published by her Majesty’s Stationary Office, London in 1952.

The book contains a chapter on Hong Kong’s trade and industry and mentions incense manufacturing stating, “One of the oldest factories is the last surviving water mill just outside Kowloon. The two wheels have been revolving  for a hundred years. They give power to a great wooden pedestal which pounds up the herbs and sandalwood used for making joss sticks”

Thanks very much to IDJ  for both the image and the information.

Incense mill

This article was first published on 17th November 2013.

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One comment

  • Hugh Farmer

    A wonderful image.

    Now we need to track down exactly where this mill was – above Tsuen Wan? Does anyone have access to maps of the early 1950s that reveal a location marked “water mill(s)?

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