Josip and Roza Sever's watermill
The construction of this watermill, located right next to the spring in Prigorec, was entirely made out of wood. It stopped working in 1980. Today, we can still find architectonic traces and parts of its foundations. Despite the high speed of the water coming from the confluence, you can still notice wooden remains of the spout, which was used to direct water onto the water wheel.
All that is left of the movable material evidence of the watermill's existence are two metal measuring cups – “mjerice”, one holding half a litre and the other one litre, which also have a hallmark as proof of the quantity precision. All the millers were paid in kind for their work and services and this type of payment was called “ušur” (multure), which is what the cups (“mjerice”) were used for.
All the movable mechanisms used to be made of selected woods. Wooden cogwheels were mostly made of very hard cornel-wood – “drenek”.
Cornel-wood is a perennial plant, which can live for more than 200 years. Its wood is exceptionally hard, which is why it was used to make various handles and furniture pieces.
According to folk tradition, cornel-tree has multiple symbolic meanings and it has been highly praised because of its healing powers. This is the reason why it is still used as a metaphor for health. It was believed to protect people from lightning strikes, spells or against witches. By rinsing their faces with the water in which cornel-tree canes had been soaked, people believed to contribute to health and nicer complexion.